SAN DIEGO – On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, memorials, parades and other events commemorating those who lost their lives were held today in San Diego County.
The Coronado Fire Department held a 9/11 memorial service at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday at Fire Station 36, with Coronado firefighters, police,
rescuers and local soldiers present. Local first responders marked the attacks with an invocation, a minute of silence and a symbolic
ringing of the station bell.
Another event in Coronado was hosted by Rotary District 5340 at 8 a.m. at the Hotel del Coronado. More than 100 first responders have been recognized
at a commemoration, with representatives from the police, firefighters, EMTs, healthcare and the military.
National City hosted an online commemoration ceremony at 8:30 a.m., with guest speaker Brennan Savage, a retired FDNY firefighter.
National City Mayor Alejandro Sotelo-Sous spoke to KUSI News about the significance of Saturday’s services.
“It’s about making sure that our young people and the community of the past understand that this is something that has really shaped our country,” said the mayor.
“After the attack, everyone felt this sense of unity. We are the United States of America and feel the same sense of community. ”
The 3rd Annual Never Forget 9/11 Half Marathon was held at 8:30 a.m. at the Oceanside Pier and was dedicated to “our brothers and sisters who
lost their lives on September 11, 2001. ” The 13-mile race spanned the pier to Moonlight Beach.
“ On this 20th anniversary of September 11, San Diego joins the nation in remembering those we have lost, the first responders who rushed to provide
aid, and members of our military who have deployed to defend our country, ” San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria tweeted on Saturday.
County Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said, “Today we honor the heroes and the many lives lost on September 11, 2001. May we never
forget the spirit of resilience of our community, our first responders, our troops. ”
Sheriff Bill Gore, who came to San Diego County in 1997 to head the FBI office, learned that within 24 hours of the 9/11 attack, two of the
the hijackers had previously lived in San Diego, “ which really put San Diego at the heart of the investigation. ”
“I am always touched to talk about meeting the San Diego (FBI) officers and how proud I am of the job they did,” Gore said in recorded video.
declaration. “I think we will continue to improve and prevent this from happening again. “
The 56th Rotary Poway Parade took place on Saturday morning and featured groups of high school students, horse riders, floats, Vietnam veterans, a show
courts, cheerleaders and first responders.
Other events in tribute to September 11 were scheduled for Saturday afternoon and evening. A memorial tribute was set at 2:30 p.m. on the flight deck of the USS
Midway Museum, which will include a reading of the names of the first responders who lost their lives in the bombings, the sound of bells with a
emergency helicopter overflight, a 21-gun salute and a water display from a harbor police pump boat.
In Fallbrook, the North County Fire Protection District, the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion will host a 9/11 commemoration event.
at 3 p.m. at Fire Station 1, which will feature a guest speaker, a bell ceremony and a color guard.
The Chula Vista Police Foundation will host a “Night with the Heroes” at 4:00 pm in honor of the “heroes of the Chula Vista Police Department
as well as those in our community who went above and beyond the call of service. ” The event will include a special tribute to September 11.
In Escondido, brothers from 6 groups will host a Patriot Day Remembrance Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 149. All proceeds will go
California wildfire relief.
At the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park, Mainly Mozart, in collaboration with the National Conflict Resolution Center, will host a benefit evening at 7:30 p.m.
concert, which according to the organizers “will raise funds and promote the NCRC’s mission to overcome hatred, intolerance and incivility while ensuring the
memories of heroes and victims are not forgotten. ”
The event will feature members of the Del Mar Fire Department and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, who will participate in a special event
Tribute to September 11.
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