9/11 Anniversary Events Around the Valley

September 10, 2009 10:39:26 PM PDT
Events held around the Central Valley in observance of the anniversary.City of Fresno:

The City of Fresno will commemorate September 11th with a "Day of Service and Remembrance" event at Eaton Plaza on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Ashley Swearengin will issue a proclamation recognizing local volunteers who give generously of their time to meet a variety of critical needs across our community. A moment of silence will also be observed in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Mayor Swearengin will present the proclamation to Cathy Caples, Executive Director of HandsOn Central California and Pete Weber, Chairman of Fresno Citizen Corps. Volunteers from all local organizations are invited to attend the commemoration event and be recognized. Fresno City Council member Blong Xiong, Fresno Fire Chief Randy Bruegman and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer will also participate.

Following the ceremony, attendees are encouraged to stay for the evening's "Movies in the Park" program, sponsored by Fresno PARCS and Comcast. The festivities will include a display of vehicles, featuring a new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) rapid response unit, the Police Chaplain's NEST vehicle, Fresno Fire's "Emergency Support 1" bus, and more. Food will be available for purchase along with a bounce house for children. The animated Disney movie "Bolt" will begin at dusk. The movie and parking are free.

In addition, the Legion of Valor Military Museum, located across the street from Eaton Plaza, will be open until 7pm with free admission.

Clovis Fire Department Pays Tribute to 9/11 Victims:

On Friday September 11, 2009, the Clovis Fire Department will commemorate the losses suffered by our nation on September 11, 2001. At 6:59 a.m., Clovis Fire Dispatch will sound tones (five sets of five) over Channel 1. This set of tones is rooted in communications history as the signal to lower flags to half-staff honoring a comrade who had fallen in the line of duty. At 7:00 a.m. one minute of silence will be observed immediately followed by reading the names of all 343 New York firefighters who bravely gave their lives that day.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Clovis Fire Department Honor Guard will also participate in the annual Pelco ceremony, along with other public safety departments from the area. Located at 3500 Pelco Way, this annual event and the 9/11 museum serve as a focal point for the community to honor and remember all who tragically perished six years ago. Members of the media and the public are welcome to attend.

9/11 Memorial at UC Merced:

Location: UC Merced, Academic Quad Time: 8 AM - 9 AM Date: September 11, 2009 Merced, CA - September 7, 2009- The College Republicans at UC Merced, working with several on campus clubs and organizations, will be holding a memorial, next Friday, in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11. We plan on planting roughly 3,000 flags in the grass area of the academic quad, each representing an American who perished during the worst attack in our nation's history. This will be a campus wide event, and thus, have participation from many students, from all different walks of life. We will start planting the flags at 8 AM and hope to be finished within the hour. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Fresno City College:

Friday, September 11, 2009

8:00 am 9/11 Commemorative Ribbon Project
Ribbons on Campus Trees (All Day Event) Sponsored by the Associated Student Government

9:00 am 9/11 Never Forget Project
Free Speech Area (All Day Event)
3,000 flags will be arranged in the Free Speech area to
commemorate the victims of 9/11
Sponsored by the FCC Republicans Club

12:00 pm 9/11 Silent Commemorative Walk
Walk begins at FCC Administration Fountain
Walk Ends at FCC Veterans Peace Memorial
Sponsored by College Activities

Pelco:

Friday, September 11th
8:30 a.m.
The public is invited to attend this solemn ceremony in
remembrance of our fallen and surviving heroes.

Visalia Fire Department:

The Visalia Fire Department will host a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Visalia Fire Station No. 51, 309 S. Johnson St.

Tulare Fire Department:

September 11th Remembrance Ceremony
9:45am
Tulare Veteran's Memorial Building
1771 East Tulare Ave

There'll be a blood drive, presentation of colors, ringing of memorial bell, firefighter's prayer, and honor guard.

West Hills College Coalinga:

Student government officials at West Hills College Coalinga have established a tradition of observing 9/11 with a ceremony with speakers who had personal experience on the day that the U.S. was attacked by terrorists. This year will be no exception.

Lt. Col. John G. Cotter was serving at the Pentagon the day Al-Qaeda terrorists flew a Boeing 757 into the military complex. All 77 people on the flight were killed along with 125 people at the Pentagon. He will speak on Sept. 11th at WHCC at noon.

He is currently the wing antiterrorism officer at the Fresno base of the California Air National Guard. He started his career as an enlisted aircraft mechanic on the F-106, KC-135 and B-52 aircraft.

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