9/11 anniversary observed at Southland events

Wave Staff and Wire Reports

LOS ANGELES — On the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, city and county leaders gathered Sept. 11 for a ceremony at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center — one of numerous 9/11 commemorations across the Southland.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Fire Chief Kristin Crowley rang 10 bells, and the ceremony also included bagpipers and a helicopter flyover.

Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, acting Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Anthony Marrone and members of the LAFD who were deployed to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 also attended the ceremony.

The terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, many of whom were aboard three flights bound for Los Angeles International Airport.

The Culver City Fire Department conducted a brief ceremony in the morning outside Fire Station 1. Members of the Culver City Police Department also attended.

In Hollywood, veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan passed out water bottles in honor of the National Day of Service at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43.

In Beverly Hills, the fire department headquarters hosted an informal ceremony at 6:45 a.m., with a remembrance at the Beverly Hills Memorial Garden held in the evening.

Holocaust Museum LA in Pan Pacific Park in the Fairfax District presented the West Coast debut of a sculpture exhibit titled “911: Vignettes of Emotion” by the artist A. Thomas Schomberg.

In downtown Los Angeles, volunteers gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center to pack 200,000 meals that will be distributed by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in honor of 9/11 National Day of Service, in an event organized by the nonprofit 9/11 Day.

On Sept. 12, Pepperdine University hosted an “Honoring the Heroes of 9/11” event, featuring Chancellor Sara Jackson and President Jim Gash. The university also staged its annual display of nearly 3,000 flags in honor of the victims of the attack. The flags will fly on campus through Sept. 23.


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