SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be marked at ceremonies across San Diego Saturday.
Hundreds will march through Balboa Park during the annual "Freedom Walk" to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed during the 2001 terrorist attacks. The walk, organized by Operation Homefront, begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Garden.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will mark 9/11 with an annual color-guard presentation and wreath-laying at a small outdoor memorial at Lindbergh Field. The brief ceremony will start at the time of impact of the first of two hijacked airliners flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York by al-Qaeda terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.
Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, will hold a 9/11 memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. at Cardiff State Beach to honor the first responders who died during the terrorism attacks.
The San Diego Blood Bank will hold its annual "Patriots Day" blood drive in Balboa Park at 10 a.m. outside the San Diego Hall of Champions.
A memorial service will be held aboard the flight deck of the USS Midway at 2:30 p.m. There will be a reading of the names of those who died in the terrorism attacks. The event will also feature a tolling of the bells, 21-gun salute and a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department helicopter flyover.
On Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers crashed two airliners into the twin 110-story towers at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.
A third airliner crashed into the Pentagon, and a fourth went down in a Pennsylvania field as passengers fought with the hijackers, who apparently intended to crash the plane into the Capitol.
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