Ceremonies, service projects to mark anniversary of 9/11 attacks


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Solemn gatherings will be held at fire stations across the Southland today to mark the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, while many people will engage in acts of giving to mark the date as a day of service.

The city of Los Angeles will hold its annual remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. at the fire department’s Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park. The ceremony is held each year in a plaza that includes a large section of metal recovered from the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the attack.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is scheduled to attend the ceremony, along with visiting Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas and Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

After the ceremony, the officials will join more than 1,000 volunteers to pack food boxes for the needy. The volunteers are expected to pack 250,000 meals. Officials from the Dodgers and Rams are among those expected to take part.

Cities across the area are expected to hold remembrance events.

In Beverly Hills, ceremonies will be held in the morning and evening at the city fire station on Rexford Drive. The morning service will include a moment of silence and a bell-ringing. An evening service will also be held, featuring a wreath-laying and a musical tribute.

Culver City will host ceremonies at three fire stations, featuring a moment of silence and lowering of flags. Santa Monica will hold memorial events at four stations beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Montebello will commemorate the date with a memorial walk that will begin at 4:45 p.m. at 10th Street and Whittier Boulevard and end at the Memorial Wall at Montebello City Park.

The Orange County Fire Authority will hold remembrance events at all of its fire stations. OCFA Chief Brian Fennessy will take part in a formal ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at its Regional Fire Operations & Training Center in Irvine. That event will also include music, a moment of silence and bell- ringing.


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