LOS ANGELES—Southern California and across the country had an emotional day today, with celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Two moments of silence were observed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where some passengers on board the three flights were on their way at the time of the crash.
The airport pylons were glowing red, white and blue since Sunday morning. Airport officials said that over the past week, maintenance crews at Los Angeles World Airports have cleaned and polished the airport’s 9/11 memorial “Recovering Equilibrium,” dedicated to the passengers and crew who headed to LAX. Three were killed on the flight and one bound for San Francisco.
The monument, which is a 15-foot reflective stainless steel dish, was designed by artists BJ Krivanek and Joel Breaux and installed on the grounds of the Theme Building in 2003. It symbolizes feelings of loss and the need for public dialogue. According to the airport, regarding terrorist attacks.
“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 that were originally headed for LAX that morning, ” Justin said. Arberis, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that manages LAX.
“We respect all those who lost their lives and take their thoughts to their families. The events of that day have shaped the development of aviation for 20 years, and we have never forgotten the victims or the lessons learned as we forge even stronger partnerships with law enforcement and the federal government to build the safest airports around. .
A moment’s silence was observed at the security checkpoints at 5:46 am on Saturday, during which the Transportation Security Administration temporarily halted the screening of passengers. The moment commemorates the time when American Airlines Flight 11, which took off from Boston Logan International Airport for LAX, collided with the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
The second aircraft used in the attacks, which hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center, was United Airlines Flight 175. It departed from Boston en route to LAX and struck the South Tower at 6:03 a.m. Pacific time. The third flight bound for LAX, American Airlines Flight 77, took off from Washington Dulles International Airport and collided with the Pentagon in California at 6:37 a.m.
The fourth flight, United Flight 93, was bound for San Francisco International Airport from Newark Liberty International Airport. The intended target of the flight remains a mystery, but is believed to be the US Capitol or the White House. The plane crashed on a farm near Shanksville,
Pennsylvania at 7:03 a.m. Pacific Time.
A second moment of silence and a color guard ceremony were held at LAX inside the US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station at Tom Bradley International Airport.
In downtown Los Angeles, thousands of volunteers gathered 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 over 25 lakh meals being packed to be distributed to the needy people nationwide.
Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted, “Honored and privileged to participate in National Service Day of 9/11, packing food for thousands of Angelenos.” “This pandemic has taken its toll, but we are continuing to lend a hand and #ShineALight in honor of those in need, like many did 20 years ago. #Never forget.”
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.
City Councilman Paul Koretz attended an afternoon gathering at Los Angeles City Hall, which was designed to serve as an educational program that taught the importance of 9/11 to youth who survived the attack. were not.
In North Hollywood, City Councilman Paul Krekorian attended an event sponsored by the Los Angeles beautification team. This included a tree planting and candlelight in North Hollywood Park, the site of a plaque containing the names of Californians killed in the attacks.
Meanwhile, in Malibu, about 3,000 flags were displayed in an annual tribute to those killed in the attacks on the campus of Pepperdine University.
Additional flags will also be erected to honor each country that has lost a civilian. The university held the ceremony from 5:30 a.m., which included moments of silence, wreath-laying and a screening of the film “United 93”.
The Beverly Hills Fire Department held a brief remembrance ceremony at its headquarters on Saturday morning. The city was scheduled to hold a ceremonial ceremony at its 9/11 Memorial Gardens on Rexford Drive at 5:30 p.m., which included a wreath-laying, ringing of bells, a 21-gun salute and a flyover.
In Pasadena, members of the city’s fire and police departments gathered at the Tournament of Roses Tournament House for a sunrise flag ceremony.
The Culver City Police and Fire Department held a commemoration ceremony shortly before 7 a.m.
In Yorba Linda, the Richard Nixon Library and Museum held a commemoration ceremony centered on 23 tons of debris from the World Trade Center, which was brought to the library in a motorcycle maintained by the California Highway Patrol, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Orange. County Fire Authority (OCFA).
Meanwhile, OCFA held a commemoration ceremony at its Regional Fire Operations and Training Center in Irvine.
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