Ceremonies were planned Friday across Southern California to mark the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001.
In downtown Riverside, county supervisors and military veterans were set to gather outside the County Administrative Center Friday morning for a tribute, including a bell ringing and color guard display.
"If you are at an event with a lot of other people, it helps,” said County spokesman Ray Smith. “It helps you get through the recollections, recalling how you felt and what you went through and what other people went through and what the country went through and to have that sense of togetherness and community. It kind of harkens back to the sense of community that we had in the days immediately following."
More 9/11 events in Southern California:
- Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas planned to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other city officials at the annual LAFD 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Elysian Park at 10 a.m.
- Terrazas will also take part in a ceremony Friday night at 7 p.m. at the LAFD station in Sherman Oaks, the home of the search-and-rescue team that deployed to New York following the attacks.
- Paloma Valley High School in Menifee will unveil and cover the field with a giant American flag during a salute to military before Friday night's football game that starts at 7 p.m. The large flag has appeared at Super Bowl and World Series games.
- Waves of Flags: Pepperdine University in Malibu is displaying 2,997 American flags--one for each 9/11 victim plus 90 flags for victims' nations--on its expansive lawn until Sept. 24. The public can view the display at the corner of Malibu Canyon and Pacific Coast Highway.
- Riverside's Day of Service has various events throughout the day (see details below)