Unity promoted at Islamic Cultural Center 9/11 event

FRESNO, Calif.

About four dozen doves, symbols of peace, were released into the sky above the Islamic Cultural Center in Northeast Fresno Saturday. The release was part of a commemoration of the 9/11 terror attacks.

"Our group is very passionate about the fact that we want no one else to lose their lives because of what happened to our family members," Meyer said. "We don't want anyone else to go through what we went through."

Meyer lost her sister-in-law on 9/11. Laura Catuzzi Grandcolas was 3 months pregnant when she died. She was on board United flight 93 when the commercial plane went down in a Pennsylvania field as passengers overtook terrorist hijackers.

"The fact that they took action really inspired me, because I felt that it's an important thing to take action and not just submit to more violence," Meyer said.

Now she is promoting unity as a member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. The group's mission is to open a dialogue on issues including war, peace and the underlying causes of terrorism.

"When people act out of hatred and intolerance because of 9/11 it just greaves us greatly, it's like living what we went through all over again," she said.

The commemoration also included interfaith leaders and members from around the valley. "We're hoping for better understanding and a better way of looking at each other regardless of faith," said Mona Riazi of Fresno.

Two families from the Islamic Cultural Center lost loved ones when the twin towers fell. Those families are in New York City for 10th anniversary commemorations ceremonies.

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