All around the country today, Americans will be remembering the eleventh anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. In recognition of the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the tragic attacks that shook the nation to its core, several memorial events are taking place right here in Southern California.
Take a look a few 9/11 memorial events happening around SoCal today to remember all the lives tragically lost and all the brave police officers and firefighters who responded to the attacks (via CBS LA):
Santa Monica Fire Department: The four community fire stations will hold a remembrance ceremony beginning at 6:45 a.m.
Muslim Public Affairs Council: In remembrance of the anniversary, an interfaith service will be held at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles at 8 a.m.
Hawaiian Gardens: A memorial service will be held at 8:15 a.m.
LAFD’s Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park: Here a big memorial event will take place at 10 a.m. with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and fire Chief Brian Cummings in attendance. The memorial will take place in front of a 23-ton, 22-foot-tall steel column that was once part of the World Trade Center lobby structure.
LAFD Station 88 in Sherman Oaks: An evening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. will take place here with Chief Cummings and other officials in attendance. The station has a 750-pound piece of the World Trade Center and a 100-pound piece of limestone from the Pentagon on display.
Pepperdine University (pictured above): As part of an annual tradition for the Malibu University, nearly 3,000 flags, one for each victim of the attacks, will be on display on their Alumni Park lawn until Sept. 19th.
Beverly Hills Garden: Our own Bob Malik reports that a 9/11 memorial garden will be unveiled an dedicated in Beverly Hills. The ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m. at 445 North Rexford Drive.