City kicks off weekend of 9/11 anniversary memorials
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—City officials began a weekend of Sept. 11 memorial events at City Hall this morning.
Council President Eric Garcetti presented a panel of the city’s senior religious leaders in City Council chambers to preview “One Light,” a memorial event at City Hall Saturday night.
Religious congregations from across the region will light 500 lanterns on the steps of City Hall.
The denominations will take the lanterns to their respective houses of worship. “We may be many, but we are also one,” Garcetti said.
He reminded the council that three of the Sept. 11 flights were headed to Los Angeles. “They had Angelenos on them. As we reflect on that day, Los Angeles’ history will always be tied into what happened on Sept. 11,” Garcetti said.
The “One Light” event is the brainchild of Los Angeles Episcopal Diocese Bishop John Bruno. He urged city officials to promote peace and tolerance.
“We can be transformers. We can change the world around us with simple acts of kindness,” Bruno said.
Rabbi Mark Diamond blew the shofar, a ram’s horn used in Jewish ceremonies as a call to remembrance.
The leaders of the Los Angeles Religious Council read the names of 32 people from Southern California who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Meanwhile, 10 U.S. flags stood on the south steps of City Hall for a noon ceremony led by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and honor first responders.
Bradley Burlingame, whose brother Charles “Chic” Burlingame was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which was hijacked and crashed by terrorists into the Pentagon, will speak.
Fire Chief Brian Cummings and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck also are scheduled to speak.
LAPD helicopters are expected to perform the “missing man” formation.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is expected to hold its annual ceremony Sunday at Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Authorities urged Southlanders to be diligent in preparing for emergencies, as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack approaches.
“September is National Preparedness Month, which was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the United States,” Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
U.S. officials said Thursday evening they have "specific, credible but unconfirmed" information about a threat against the United States coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"We have received credible information very recently about a possible plot directed at the homeland that seems to be focused on New York and Washington, D.C.," a senior administration official told CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Los Angeles will join other cities in California and across the country next month in a national Moment of Remembrance to honor the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Participating cities and counties will encourage residents, businesses, airports, railroads and sports teams to take part in a one-minute moment of remembrance at 10 a.m. Pacific time Sept. 11, highlighted by tribute signals such as ringing bells or sounding sirens.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Memorial services, prayer vigils and service projects were held across the Southland today to mark the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
As we reflect on the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the nation finds itself facing many difficult questions about security and preparedness against natural and man-caused disasters.
This 9/11 remembrance is about those who lost their lives 10 years ago. It wasn’t the first time America was attacked. On Dec. 7, it will be 70 years since Pearl Harbor was bombed and, just as on 9/11, thousands of Americans were killed.