Cities, Towns Plan September 11 Commemorative Events; Always Remember 9-11

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Cities are planning events to remember and honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks last year. They will mark the day with processionals, concerts, candlelight vigils, lectures, memorial dedications and other activities.

Some of the events are listed below.

Chandler, Ariz.

Chandler employees are invited to attend a commemorative ceremony, which will include remarks by Mayor Boyd Dunn and City Manager Donna Dreska, as well as personal recollections of two Chandler firefighters who visited Ground Zero. A commemorative display of September 11 and patriotic memorabilia will be on display all day in the Council Chambers for those unable to attend this ceremony and wish to have a quiet place for reflection.

The city-sponsored art gallery, Vision Gallery, will host a display of art commemorating September 11 and the Police Department will be participating in a Patriot Motorcycle Parade to Honor America's Heroes which will be staged at a Chandler park then travel to the Arizona State Capitol.

Contact: Margaret Coulter, City of Chandler, PO Box 4008, Mail Stop 604, 480-782-2221, margaret.coulter@ci.chandler.

Surprise, Ariz.

A longtime New York firefighter will be the featured speaker as Surprise remembers the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a sunrise tree planting ceremony.

James Dillon, a 19-year veteran of FDNY, worked at Ground Zero. A member of Ladder 105, which is quartered with Engine 219 in Brooklyn, Dillon lost seven of his coworkers when the World Trade Center collapsed.

The September 11 ceremony will begin at 5:30 a.m. near the Northwest Regional Library at Surprise Center. The morning begins with the presentation of colors and the national anthem. A minute of silence and the lighting of candles at 5:46 a.m. will commemorate the moment one year ago when the first jet liner hit Tower One of the World Trade Center. The patriotic program concludes with the planting of trees as a living memorial to the victims. Four live oak trees will represent fire, police, military personnel and civilians who died in the terrorist attacks. The Surprise City Council purchased a memorial plaque and bench to be placed under the trees.

Contact: Janice Tarleton, 623-875-4297.

Pasadena, Calif.

Pasadena's commemoration of September 11 will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a silent procession of firefighters and police officers from Pasadena and surrounding communities, accompanied by a bagpiper and a riderless horse. The Pasadena Fire Department and Pasadena Police Department will be joined by the South Pasadena, San Marino and West Covina fire departments and South Pasadena, Glendale and San Fernando police departments as well as LAPD Northeast Division and L.A. County Sheriff's Department La Crescenta Station.

A color guard made up of representatives from Pasadena Fire Department, Pasadena Police Department and U.S. Marine Corps representatives from Pasadena's 4th Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion and Camp Pendleton will lead the procession to Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall.

At 8:46 a.m., the Pasadena POPS Orchestra with Musical Director and Conductor Rachael Worby will be joined by the Occidental-Foothill Master Chorale and other area choirs in a performance of an abridged version of Mozart's Requiem. The performance is part of the Rolling Requiem, a worldwide musical commemoration.

For more information call (626) 744-4755.

Signal Hill, Calif.

Signal Hill is planning to dedicate a large sculpture memorial known as the "Unity Monument" by a local artist and underwritten by the Signal Hill Community Foundation.

The city enthusiastically embraced the project and fast-tracked municipal approval to install the sculpture at a commanding site atop Signal Hill, where it will be illuminated by night and will be visible from the surrounding Long Beach area. …