Here is a selection of memorial services and sites to visit to honor and commemorate the victims and first responders of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Field of Glory: The Azusa Rotary Club invites the community to its Field of Glory flag display from September 4-11 to honor veterans, service members, first responders, and key Covid-19 workers. Azusa Rotary also invites the community to remember 9/11 and honor their loved ones with a flag or badge of honor. Azusa City Hall, 213 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa. 626-488-6685 or email Rae Kearney at [email protected] azusarotary.org; www.fieldofglory.org
Sun Valley Magnet School: The leadership class is presenting a multimedia memorial and museum exhibit that records what led to the 9/11 attacks, what happened in the towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 and the subsequent War on Terror campaigns has happened. Schoolchildren in grades 6-12 lead the visitors through the exhibition. Two other exhibits in separate lecture halls relate to the Black Lives Matter movement (a glow in the dark hand-painted mural) and the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 by right-wing extremists hoping to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The exhibition times for the public: 3.30 p.m. – 6 p.m. 8.-9. September; 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. September 10; 9 am-5.30pm Sept. 11th 7330 Bakman Ave., Sun Valley sunvalleyms-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/
Rose Hills Memorial Park 9/11 Field of Healing: An American flag display honoring the 2,977 victims of the September 11th attacks runs from September 8th until sundown on September 19th. Also, a “flag of honor” made from the names of the victims will be placed under the flags on the morning of September 8th. Use the main entrance at Gate 1, 3888 Workman Hill Road, Whittier. www.rosehills.com/discover-rose-hills/upcoming-events
Twenty years – memory: The Veterans Resource Center at Antelope Valley College will flagpole at 7:30 am in the College Administration Building at 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster, a memorial service. Ashley Hawkins, Veterans Resource Center Program Coordinator, 661-722-6300 ext. 6453 or email: [email protected]
Azusa Pacific University Military and Veterans Services 9/11 Tribute Ceremony: The memorial service includes remarks from Mario Guerra, a civilian assistant to the U.S. Army Secretary, and Captain Robert Landeros, of the Azusa Police Department and a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Iraq War, and brass players for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Quartet the national anthem, 12: 30-13: 30 p.m. Wynn Amphitheater, East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. 626-815-4603.
Pepperdine University Flag Waves and 9/11 Memorial Service: The 14th annual American and Foreign Flags Exhibition honors and commemorates the 2,977 victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The flags will be displayed on September 8th and will be displayed until September 26th.
The public can also participate in the university’s 9/11 programs
- Silent Tribute and Remembrance, with wreath-laying, 5: 30-7 a.m. (Thomas E. Burnett Jr. Heroes Garden)
- Tribute to Victims, all 2,977 victim names on scroll displays (Alumni Park)
- Prayer service of the chaplain, 9 a.m. (amphitheater)
- In honor of the heroes of 9/11, a ceremony with actor-philanthropist Gary Sinese, 2:00 p.m. (Alumni Park)
Alumni Park, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway (corner of Malibu Canyon Road), Malibu. 310-506-4448. www.pepperdine.edu/waves-of-flags
City of Torrance: The city honors the victims, survivors, families and first responders of the 9/11 attack at 5:46 a.m. Wear a mask when attending. The city also broadcasts the memory live on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorranceCA/. The memorial service will take place in front of Torrance City Hall, 3031 Torrance Blvd. City of Torrance: bit.ly/3gWK6Vh
Commemorative pancake breakfast with the El Segundo fire department: Fire Station 1 hosts the event, which includes a ceremony in honor of the victims and first responders of September 11th from 8:30 am to 11:30 am Stadium, also known as “The Plunge”. The event takes place in front of the fire station, Main St. 314, El Segundo. More details about the event here: bit.ly/3jJY66W
Glendora Ministerial Association Patriot Day – A Memorial Service for 9/11: This year, the 20th anniversary service will be held at 8:46 a.m. to symbolize that the first plane hit the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. (ET). The service includes a soloist from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and readings by the Glendora Police Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department, as well as the participation of local pastors. Corner of Foothill Boulevard and Glendora Avenue, Glendora. Rev. Karen Davis, 626-335-2240.
September 11th Commemoration – Palos Verdes Estates: The city of Palos Verdes Estates and the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department are hosting the event, which includes a wreath-laying ceremony, remarks from city officials and a minute’s silence at 9:00 am Memorial Garden, Palos Verdes Drive West and Via Del Puente, Palos Verdes Estates. Steve Barber, 310-378-4211. More details here: bit.ly/3kTCFj6
A celebration of peace and unity: The towns of Signal Hill and Long Beach celebrate the 20th anniversary of September 11th with a color guard, music, guest speakers and moments of silence, 9-11am. facebook.com/LongBeachCity; www.facebook.com/cityofsignalhill; www.facebook.com/LongBeachFD; www.facebook.com/LongBeachPD.CA. The memorial is a sculpture by Patrick Vogel and was inaugurated in 2002. Parking at the monument is limited and carpooling or other methods are recommended (there will also be road closures around the monument). Signal Hill Unity Monument, 2271 Temple Avenue, Signal Hill. 562-989-7330. www.cityofsignalhill.org; More details here: bit.ly/2WLxSYy
Flagpole Rededication and Remembrance of 9/11 – Pasadena Senior Center: The rededication includes firefighters from Pasadena Fire Department Station 31 installing a new pulley system for flagpoles – the steel cable was cut and pulled from the pulley system and the American flag was stolen in February 2020 – and the commander of the American Legion Post 13, Augustine Pit, presents an American flag donated by the post office, 10 a.m. Troop 351 Scouts in San Marino lead the pledge of loyalty. Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center, will make brief comments on the 20th Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. 626-795-4331. www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org
City of Rosemead: A commemoration ceremony with flags hoisting and wreath-laying at 10 a.m. next to the city’s September 11th Memorial. The memorial is a public sculpture “Reflect” by the artist Heath Satow made of two hands, which were created with dove cutouts with spread wings holding an I-beam from the World Trade Center (bit.ly/2ZpoCHT). Civic Center Plaza, 8838 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead. More information, www.facebook.com/rosemeadca
VFW Post 1944 – A moment of silence for 9/11: Ramiro Puentes, commandant of the post, leads a minute’s silence at 10 a.m. The ceremony includes a color guard from American Legion Post 75 and the San Gabriel Valley Memorial Team, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps. The public is also invited to bring their tattered or worn American flags, which will be retired during a special ceremony. VFW Post 1944, 16157 E. Gale Ave., Industrial City. Ramiro Puentes, 818-216-7672. Email: [email protected] www.facebook.com/VFW-Post-1944-221583667882759/
Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden: A personal and online inspection, 5:30 p.m. (watch here: bit.ly/3BkuWRu). The garden is open 7:30 am to 8:00 pm daily and is located on the Beverly Hills Fire Department site at 445 N. Rexford Drive (northwest corner of Rexford and South Santa Monica Boulevard). www.facebook.com/BeverlyHills911Memorial/
Ronald Regan Presidential Library: A program to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with live music by the 562nd Air Force Band at 5:30 p.m., followed by comments from retired New York Police Officer Marc Manfro and keynote speaker Col. (retired) David Sutherland, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Center for Military and Veterans Community Services, 6 p.m. The museum also has a piece of steel girder from the World Trade Center. The library is located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Reservations are required. Reserve here: bit.ly/3kj22dH
Never Forget – A tribute to the victims, families and all first responders of 9/11: A virtual memorial event at 7:00 p.m. on lafdheroes.com. Contact Carrie Konjoyan at 818-406-8013. www.911socal.com
City of Montebello: An online ceremony is presented. Visit the city’s Facebook page or website link to see how to see www.facebook.com/CityofMontebello; City website, bit.ly/3yyOOyC
Alhambra Fire Brigade Headquarters, Station 71: A steel artifact weighing more than 500 pounds from the World Trade Center is on display at the memorial honoring the firefighters who saved lives on September 11th. 301 N. First St., Alhambra. https://www.cityofalhambra.org/183/9-11-Memorial
Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center of the Los Angeles Fire Department: An exhibition of a 23-ton, approximately 22-foot-tall steel column that was originally part of the lobby structure on the South Tower of the World Trade Center. 1700 Stadium Way, Los Angeles.
Memorial on September 11th in Manhattan Beach: The Manhattan Beach Fire Department received two steel girders from the World Trade Center. The beams stand upright on a concrete platform on which the words “We will never forget” are written. The memorial is located at Manhattan Beach Fire Department Station No. 1,400 15th St. (on Valley Drive). bit.ly/33g2oJF
City of Redondo Beach 9/11 Memorial: A 300 pound section of an inner beam from one of the World Trade Center towers is a gift from the New York Fire Department to the Redondo Beach Fire and Police Associations with a request that people visit and remember him represents the victims of September 11th. Redondo Beach City Hall, 415 Diamond St. www.redondo.org/about/911_memorial.asp
Visit the 9/11 Memorial at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 88: The Memorial Fountain in front of the train station has a 750-pound piece from the destroyed World Trade Center and a 100-pound piece of limestone from the Pentagon. The Los Angeles Fire Department has canceled all personal 9/11 ceremonies in fire stations in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The memorial can be viewed by the public daily at 5101 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Contact Carrie Konjoyan, Volunteer Coordinator, 818-406-8013 or www.911socal.com