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Local events commemorate September 11 attacks

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    With the toll of a bell and a solemn moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack. 
    With the toll of a bell and a solemn moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack. 

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The terror strikes of Sept. 11, 2001 and the resulting deaths of nearly 3,000 people were remembered Thursday in ceremonies at San Diego Miramar College, where a $16.5 million building devoted to firefighter and emergency medical training was dedicated.

The ceremony was one of several that took place around the region to honor the firefighters, law enforcement officers and civilians who died in the terrorist attacks.

At Miramar College, the San Diego fire fighters pipes and drums corps performed, and Supervisor Dave Roberts presented a $20,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant to support the school's fire technology program.

The 22,900-square foot building includes laboratory support space, equipment staging areas, classrooms and administrative office space. Right outdoors is a training area with a drill tower and additional storage space, according to the college.

Elsewhere in San Diego County, thousands of American flags were displayed, wreaths were laid and a blood drive was held.

At Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, 2,977 flags were laid out on the campus' grand lawn to signify those who died in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on 9/11.

Speakers included Col. John Farnham, commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the Iraqi Chaldean community; Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Lannon; and Sen. Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon.

At UC San Diego, John Cerda, chairman of the school's Veterans Association, joined members of the UCSD Police Department in placing a wreath at a commemorative tree on Warren Mall.

The school also observed a moment of silence at noon, when the bells at Geisel Library rang a special carillon peal composed by Scott Paulson of UCSD's art library.

A wreath-laying ceremony also took place aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke, and members of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department also participated.

The blood drive for the San Diego Blood Bank took place at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. The first 100 donors received a pair of passes to the Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego or Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. Also, Darren Smith of the Mighty 1090 hosted his sports radio show at the museum.

Names of victims of the 9/11 attacks were read at Grossmont College in El Cajon beginning, followed by a remembrance ceremony. The lunchtime event included remarks by student body President Rafael Navarrete, a former Marine sergeant; college President Sunita Cooke; and Cindy Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The keynote speaker was be Lt. Col. Douglas Luccio, deputy operations officer for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

More than 60 cadets from San Diego State University's Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs lowered the flag near Hepner Hall to half-staff, followed by a moment of silence, the sounding of "Taps" and a short prayer.

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