Here’s a sampling of memorial events and sites to visit to honor and remember the victims and the first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Field of Glory: Azusa Rotary Club invites the community to its “Field of Glory” flag display, Sept 4-11 honoring veterans, service members, first responders and Covid-19 essential workers. Also, Azusa Rotary invites the community to remember 9/11 and honor loved ones with a flag or sign tribute. Azusa City Hall, 213 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa. 626-488-6685 or send an email to Rae Kearney at [email protected] azusarotary.org; www.fieldofglory.org
Sun Valley Magnet School: The leadership class presents a multimedia memorial and museum display that chronicles what led up to the Sept. 11 attacks, what happened at the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, and the subsequent “War on Terror” actions. Students in grades 6-12 will guide visitors through the exhibit. Two other exhibits, in separate auditorium rooms, are on the Black Lives Matter movement (a glow-in-the-dark hand-painted mural) and the Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the United States Capitol by right-wing extremists hoping to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The exhibit hours for the public: 3:30-6 p.m. Sept. 8-9; 3:30-7 p.m. Sept. 10; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. 7330 Bakman Ave., Sun Valley sunvalleyms-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/
Rose Hills Memorial Park 9/11 Field of Healing: An American flag display that honors the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 attacks is open for viewing, Sept. 8 through sunset Sept. 19. Also, a “Flag of Honor,” created from the names of the victims will be among the flags being put up on Sept. 8 morning. Use the main entrance at gate one, 3888 Workman Hill Road, Whittier. www.rosehills.com/discover-rose-hills/upcoming-events
Twenty Years — Remembering: The Veterans Resource Center at Antelope Valley College holds an observance, 7:30 a.m. Flagpole at the college’s Administration building, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Ashley Hawkins, program coordinator for the Veterans Resource Center, 661-722-6300, Ext. 6453 or Email: [email protected]
Azusa Pacific University Military and Veteran Services 9/11 Tribute Ceremony: The memorial event includes remarks from Mario Guerra, a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, and Capt. Robert Landeros, from the Azusa Police Department and a United States Army veteran who served during the Iraq War, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s brass quartet playing the National Anthem, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wynn Amphitheater, East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. 626-815-4603.
Pepperdine University – Waves of Flags and 9/11 Service of Remembrance: The 14th annual display of flags, both American and foreign, honors and remembers the 2,977 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The flags will be put up on Sept. 8 and will be on display through Sept. 26.
The public may also attend 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 victims’ names on scrolling displays (Alumni Park)
Chaplain’s Prayer Service, 9 a.m. (Amphitheatre)
Honoring the Heroes of 9/11, a ceremony with actor-philanthropist Gary Sinese, 2-3 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 Sept. 11 attacks, 5:46 a.m. Wear a mask if attending. The city is also streaming live the remembrance on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorranceCA/. The remembrance is held in front of Torrance City Hall, 3031 Torrance Blvd. City of Torrance: bit.ly/3gWK6Vh
Memorial Pancake Breakfast with the El Segundo Fire Department: Fire Station 1 hosts the event that includes a ceremony honoring the victims and first responders of 9/11, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Donations from the event go to help renovate the 80-year-old indoor pool, the Urho Saari Swim Stadium, also known as “The Plunge.” The event will take place in front of the fire station, 314 Main St., El Segundo. More details on the event here: bit.ly/3jJY66W
Glendora Ministerial Association’s Patriot Day – A 9/11 Remembrance Service: This year, to commemorate the 20th anniversary, the service will be held at 8:46 a.m. to symbolize when the first plane hit the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. (ET). The service will include a soloist from Los Angeles County Fire Department and readings by the Glendora Police Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department, as well as participation by local pastors. Corner of Foothill Boulevard and Glendora Avenue, Glendora. Rev. Karen Davis, 626-335-2240.
September 11 Commemoration Ceremony – Palos Verdes Estates: The city of Palos Verdes Estates and the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department hosts the event that includes a wreath laying, remarks from city officials and a moment of silence, 9 a.m. Memorial Garden, Palos Verdes Drive West and Via Del Puente, Palos Verdes Estates. Captain Steve Barber, 310-378-4211. More details here: bit.ly/3kTCFj6
A Celebration of Peace and Unity: The cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach hold a 20th anniversary of 9/11 remembrance with a Color Guard, music, guest speakers and moments of silence, 9-11 a.m. Also, the memorial will be live streamed on these Facebook accounts: www.facebook.com/LongBeachCity; www.facebook.com/cityofsignalhill; www.facebook.com/LongBeachFD; www.facebook.com/LongBeachPD.CA. The monument is a sculpture by Patrick Vogel and was dedicated in 2002. Parking is limited at the monument and carpooling or other method is advised (there will also be street closures around the monument). Signal Hill Unity Monument, 2271 Temple Ave., Signal Hill. 562-989-7330. www.cityofsignalhill.org; More details here: bit.ly/2WLxSYy
Flagpole re-dedication and remembrance of 9/11 –Pasadena Senior Center: The re-dedication includes firefighters from the Pasadena Fire Department Station 31 installing a new flagpole pulley system — the steel rope was cut and extracted from the pulley system and the American flag was stolen in February 2020 — and American Legion Post 13 commander Augustine Grube presenting an American flag donated by the post, 10 a.m. Boy Scouts from Troop 351 in San Marino lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center, will give brief remarks about the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the re-dedication of the flagpole and flag. Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. 626-795-4331. www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org
City of Rosemead: A memorial ceremony with a flag raising and wreath-laying, 10 a.m. adjacent to the city’s Sept. 11 Memorial. The memorial is a public sculpture, “Reflect,” by artist Heath Satow, of two hands created with wingspread dove cutouts that hold 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, commander of the post, leads a moment of silence, 10 a.m. The ceremony includes a Color Guard, by American Legion Post 75 and the San Gabriel Valley Memorial Team, a 21-gun salute and playing of Taps. Also, the public is invited to bring their tattered or worn out American flags that will be retired during a special ceremony. VFW Post 1944, 16157 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry. Ramiro Puentes, 818-216-7672. Email: [email protected] www.facebook.com/VFW-Post-1944-221583667882759/
Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden: An in-person and online observance, 5:30 p.m. (watch here: bit.ly/3BkuWRu). The garden is open, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and is located on the grounds of the Beverly Hills Fire Department, 445 N. Rexford Drive (northwest corner of Rexford and South Santa Monica Boulevard). www.facebook.com/BeverlyHills911Memorial/
Ronald Regan Presidential Library: A “Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11” program with live music by the 562nd Air Force Band, 5:30 p.m., followed by remarks by retired New York Police Department 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 a steel beam from the World Trade Center. The library is located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Reservations are required. Make a reservation here: bit.ly/3kj22dH
Alhambra Fire Department Headquarters, Station 71: A plus-500-pound steel artifact from the World Trade Center is on display at the memorial that honors the firefighters who worked to save lives on Sept. 11. 301 N. First St., Alhambra. https://www.cityofalhambra.org/183/9-11-Memorial
Los Angeles Fire Department’s Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center: A display of a 23-ton and approximately 22-foot tall steel column that was originally part of the lobby structure at the south tower of the World Trade Center. 1700 Stadium Way, Los Angeles.
Manhattan Beach Sept. 11 Memorial: The Manhattan Beach Fire Department received two steel beams from the World Trade Center. The beams are upright on a concrete platform where the words “We shall never forget” are inscribed. The memorial is located at Manhattan Beach Fire Department Station No. 1, 400 15th St. (at 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 the request that people may be able to visit it and remember that it represents the victims of Sept. 11. 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 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 cancelled all in-person 9/11 ceremonies in 2021 at fire stations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The public may view the memorial daily at 5101 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Contact Carrie Konjoyan, volunteer coordinator, 818-406-8013 or www.911socal.com