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Veterans Day ceremony honors 9/11 hero

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A retired Army colonel who helped rescue 2,700 Morgan Stanley Dean Witter employees on 9/11 before being killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings will be honored Saturday in a Veterans Day ceremony at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial.

A plaque honoring Col. Rick Rescorla, the vice president of security for the brokerage, will be presented during the noon ceremony.

Soon after the 110-story World Trade Center tower was hit by a hijacked airliner, Rescorla ordered the offices evacuated, despite Port Authority police suggesting people stay put. After getting most of the workers out, he returned to check on three who were missing and was last seen in a 10th floor stairwell before the building collapsed.

Of 3,700 Morgan Stanley employees, only Rescorda and five others were killed that day.

British-born Rescorda has been featured in books and television programs about 9/11. He was an Army infantryman in the Vietnam War.

A statue of Rescorla is part of the Walk Of Honor at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On Sunday, a basketball game between No. 20 San Diego State and No. 9 Syracuse will be staged aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum as a salute to veterans.

The Veterans Day parade in downtown San Diego is set for Monday.

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