The strength and unity of Americans was on display Saturday as the cities of Los Angeles County celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Tributes began early, especially at LAX where a moment of silence was held at 5:46 a.m. Saturday to commemorate the time when American Airlines Flight 11, which departed Boston Logan International Airport for LAX Not long after, a separate plane bound for LAX collided with the World Trade Center’s South Tower at 6:03 a.m. Pacific time. The third flight bound for LAX, American Airlines Flight 77, departed Washington Dulles International Airport before hitting the Pentagon at 6:37 a.m. California time.
“While New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia bore the brunt of this terrible day two decades ago, Los Angeles was also deeply affected by the loss of passengers and crew on three planes originally headed for LAX that morning. ,” said Justin Erbassi, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that manages LAX.
A second moment of silence and a color guard ceremony were scheduled at 8:43 a.m. LAX inside the US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station at Tom Bradley International Airport.
Two decades later. The visuals still evoke emotional reactions, which is evident at monuments across the region this weekend.
The residents of Torrance were so dedicated to showing their support that some got up before the sun to honor the victims, survivors, families and first responders of the attacks in front of City Hall at 5:46 a.m.
Torrance Mayor Pat Fury said: “Among the passengers on the flight was Torrance resident John Venkas, 46, who was returning home with his family.” Venkas was traveling from Boston to Southern California with a friend from Long Beach, John Hofer, from his family’s annual golf tournament in Cape Cod.
“I didn’t know John,” said Fury. “But like so many others, he came to the Golden State and Torrance to follow his dreams.”
“One can only wonder what great things he could have accomplished,” Fury said, adding that the leaders took a moment to reflect on the first responders and civilian volunteers who leapt into action — and eventually gave their lives. as they attempted to clear and search the wreckage. for the survivors.
“I will never forget the silence when the first plane hit the tower,” said Torrance Police Chief Jeremiah Hart. “The firefighters went up the stairs, they’d never get off, and yet they still went.”
“The police officers were running through the smoke though they could not see and they still left,” he said. “Citizens are passing over the rubble, unable to breathe and yet they are still walking.”
Their sacrifice, Hart said, calls us to action today.
Local first responders ended the program by ringing the bell, which was usually to signal the start of the morning shift, but today, it was to honor their fallen brothers and sisters.
“It is customary to ring the last bell for our brothers and sisters who have made the supreme sacrifice,” said Torrance Fire Chief Martin Cerna. “To lay down his life selflessly for his fellow man, his job done, his duty done.”
Band members from the Fire and Police Departments rang the bell with a performance of “Amazing Grace”.
Just a few miles down the road, 200 flags were hoisted at Paramount where the city formed a field of small American banners under the Hay Tree at Paramount Boulevard. and Civic Center Drive.
“This field of flags honors the memory of those lost on that fateful day two decades ago and later lost in the War on Terror,” Mayor Brenda Olmos said of her fellow city council members. Mentioning encouraged residents to stop and pick up. A flag for himself in memory of the families and individuals directly affected by 9/11.
In Malibu, nearly 3,000 flags were waved on the campus of Pepperdine University in an annual tribute to those killed in the attacks. Additional flags have been erected to honor each country that has lost a civilian.
Rosemead planned a memorial ceremony with flag hoisting and wreath-laying next to the city’s September 11 memorial. The famous artwork is a public sculpture, “The Reflection”, by artist Heather Saito, created by two hands with a winged dove cutout that holds an I-beam from the World Trade Center
In downtown Los Angeles, thousands of volunteers plan to gather at the convention center to pack an estimated 200,000 meals for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The event is in recognition of 9/11 being designated as National Service Day. Organizers of the event said similar events are being organized in 10 cities, with more than 2.5 million meals being packed to be distributed to people nationwide.
In Pasadena, members of the city’s fire and police departments gathered at the Tournament of Roses Tournament House for a sunrise flag ceremony.
Pasadena Police Chief John Perez, Pasadena Fire Chief Chad Augustin and Blair High School Junior ROTC Cadets and First Sergeant Ben Hicks were joined by Bob Miller, president of the Roses Association’s Pasadena tournament.
“Today we appreciate the heroic actions and courage of rescue workers, firefighters, police officers and military personnel who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero,” Miller said. “Early in the morning, we raise the American flag—a symbol of reflection, a symbol of honor, and a symbol of a nation mourning together.”
The Los Angeles Fire Department opted to cancel its annual individual memorial ceremony at fire stations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although it welcomed the public to visit the 9/11 Memorial Fountain in front of Fire Station 88 at 5101 N Sepulveda . To pay respects at any time at Boulevard Sherman Oaks. LAFD will organize a virtual remembrance event at 7 pm, which can be accessed at https://lafdheroes.com.
Students in grades 6th to 12th of Sun Valley Magnet School’s leadership program, led by Stephen Franklin, will conclude their public display, the multimedia experiences they created, a memorial and partial museum dedicated to the events of September 11, 2001, and on American society. their effects. Included are scale models of the World Trade Center towers, a mock-up of an airport terminal, and a 15-foot-tall American flag where students hand-written the names of nearly 3,000 victims of terrorist attacks.
The display will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The School is located 7330 Buckman Avenue,Sun Valley.