Several ceremonies are planned across Southern California to mark the 9th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terror attacks.
9/11 Ceremony and Motorcycle Ride, organized by Firefighter Gary Biggerstaff: On Saturday at 3 p.m., local firefighters, police officers and city officials will remember 9/11 in a free public ceremony near the entrance of Marine Stadium in Marine Vista Park. The event will feature patriotic music from the Long Beach Community Band, a 40-piece orchestra, and speeches from Fire Chief Alan Patalano, Police
Chief Jim McDonnell and Chris Howard, a New York City firefighter whose father, a police officer, was killed in the 9/11 attacks.
Motorcycle riders are invited to attend a remembrance ride that starts at Cook's Corner in Trabuco Canyon at 12:15 p.m. The ride will travel down Laguna Canyon to Pacific Coast Highway ending in Long Beach. Last year's ride drew more than 650 motorcycles.
For information visit www.remember911ride.com.
Long Beach City Ceremony: The Long Beach Fire and Police Departments invite all to attend a ceremony honoring those who gave their lives in the 9/11 attacks. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. in front of the Police/Fire Memorial located on Chestnut Avenue South of Broadway.
The Steel Magnolias Fundraiser: The Steel Magnolias will hold a 9/11 remembrance event at the Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Ave., in Seal Beach. The 11th annual fundraiser, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will include dinner and appearances by special guests Police Chief Jim McDonnell and Fire Chief Alan Patalano. A moment of silence is planned for the opening ceremony. A live auction will feature special trips and a chance to ride in the Pace Car for the 2011 Grand Prix. Proceeds will benefit Stramski Developmental Center.
Music, Art and Unity Celebration to Remember 9/11: Yve and Armando Hart, the founders of Drum for Love, will debut Portal, a day-long celebration featuring art, dance, music and live performances. The event will be held at Alfredo's Beach Club, 5101 E. Ocean Bld. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $12 with a creative costume. Proceeds benefit Drum for Love, an organization designed to bring the community together through interactive drum circles.
Patriot Day Concert: At 6 p.m. in Del Valle Park (Woodruff Avenue at Arbor Road) the city will hold a Patriot Day Concert with tunes by the 300th Army Band, a memorial candle lighting and moment of silence. Light dinner items and snacks will be sold. Bring a blanket or low-rise lawn chair for seating. For information call 562-866-9771, ext. 2408.
Patriot Day Picnic: Assemblymember Tony Mendoza will host his annual Patriot Day Family Picnic from 10 a.m. to noon in Cerritos Heritage Park, 18600 Bloomfield Ave. The event will feature food, entertainment and activities for children.
Patriot Day Concert: The community is invited to attend a special Patriot Day Concert by the Cerritos College Community Band at 10 a.m. at the Cerritos Civic Center. You can come early and have a pancake breakfast prepared by a local Boy Scout troop. Breakfast will be served for a nominal fee from 8:30 to 11 a.m. For information call 562-916-1254.
Los Angeles County Fire Museum: In honor of the fallen heroes of 9/11, designer Mychael Darwin has created a leather and gold embellished fireman's protective turnout coat, known as the "America's Bravest 18-Karat Gold Memorial Turnout Coat." The one-of-a-kind jacket features all 343 names of the fallen firefighters and is valued at more than $100,000. It will be on display for one day only at the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum's Open House & Classic Car Show from Noon to 9 p.m.
For information visit www.lacountyfiremuseum.com
The city of Hermosa Beach will dedicate its 9-11 Memorial "button bench" at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pier Avenue and Valley Drive.
Parking will be available in the City Hall parking lot at 1315 Valley Drive and in the Community Center parking lot at 710 Pier Ave.
The project is a joint effort of the Hermosa Beach Police Department chaplain program and the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club.
The bench is covered with resin-coated clothes buttons representing every person who died in the 9-11 attacks. Students involved in the Kiwanis Builders Club at Hermosa Valley School collected all the buttons for the bench through family, friends and politicians.
The city of Lomita is holding a memorial program on the lawn in front of City Hall, 24300 Narbonne Ave. The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. Call 310-325-7110 or 310-326-0140 for more information.
The Rev. Maitreya Bhagavan Friend invites the community to a candlelight vigil "in remembrance of those who were killed by terrorism on 9-11, for all of America's fighting men and women to have given their lives for America and freedom, and for those who have been wounded in battle."
The vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Empty Chair Memorial, 124 Sapphire St., Redondo Beach. Attendees are asked to bring a candle to honor those who have sacrificed their lives.
Call 310-540-6044 or log on to www.emptychair.org.
A "Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes" will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in front of Hawthorne City Hall, 4455 W. 126th St. City officials and congregants of Oceangate Southern Baptist Church will participate.
Info from: Daily Breeze & Press Telegram