Most everybody remembers where they were exactly 15 years ago today, when two hijacked planes tore through the World Trade Center towers in New York City and upended the global order.
Local agencies and organizations across Southern California are marking the somber anniversary with memorials, museum displays, benefit concerts and other events all day. Below is a roundup of what’s happening around the region:
Memorials will be held by local police and fire departments all around Southern California, both at local 9/11 memorial sites and at the department headquarters themselves. The L.A. Fire Department already held its remembrance ceremony Friday, but will also be participating in a 9/11 memorial program at the LAFD Museum and Fallen Fighters Memorial in Hollywood at 7 a.m. Sunday. It will also participate in a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Fountain in Sherman Oaks at 6:30 p.m., along with Mayor Eric Garcetti.
In Orange County, every fire station will be hosting its own memorial at 8:50 a.m. that the any member of the public is welcome to attend.
The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda will also be holding its annual remembrance ceremony, featuring the planting of 2,977 small American flags to honor each victim of the attacks.
Museum Day of Remembrance
Pretend City, a children’s museum in Irvine, is holding a special exhibit Sunday to honor the lives lost on 9/11 and teach children about the attacks.
There will be a “Hope and Grief” benefit concert at the Corona Civic Theater at 2 p.m., with proceeds going toward the Corona Police Community Partnership and the Corona Fire Safety Foundation. The lobby of the theater will feature a museum-like display where visitors can see items related to the attacks, including a beam that once supported one of the World Trade Center towers.
Monuments and displays
Huntington Beach will be unveiling a $200,000 monument featuring two pieces of steel from Ground Zero, along with two black granite pillars atop a pentagon that honor victims of the attacks and rescue workers who died during the emergency response. The city will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. at City Hall, with several New York police officers in attendance.
At Pepperdine University, 2,977 full-sized flags are displayed on the campus lawn: 2,877 American flags representing each of the victims and 90 international flags for the home countries of those who perished in the attacks. The "Waves of Flags" display, which the university has featured every 9/11 anniversary since 2008, is open to the public until Sept. 26.
There will be a 5k “Tunnels to Towers” run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach, with funds raised going to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, benefiting first responders and victims of the attacks.
A group of motorcyclists will be kicking off the “9/11 Patriot Ride” at 1 p.m. from Huntington Beach Harley Davidson in remembrance of the New York firefighters who died during rescue efforts on 9/11.
This story has been updated.