SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Solemn ceremonies will be held throughout San Diego County Sunday to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The FDNY Retirees of San Diego, the National City Fire Department, and Wounded Warriors will team up with the USS Midway Museum for a memorial onboard the ship's deck from noon to 2 p.m.
The National City firefighters union will honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives with a breakfast at NCFD headquarters at 7 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Firefighters were asked to wear Class A uniforms.
A silent tribute is planned at 6 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar, with the planting of miniature flags representing every person who died.
In Vista, Faith Lutheran Church will hold ceremonies beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Life Center Gym.
The United Methodist Church in Mission Valley will have special worship services throughout the morning to honor all those whose lives were lost. Services are scheduled for 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The day is officially dubbed Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the civilians and first responders who were killed in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
"Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives -- men, women and children who had been going about their normal routines -- were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a lifetime of precious moments,'' President Barack Obama said in a proclamation noting the 15th anniversary of the attacks. ``But the acts of terror of Sept. 11, 2001, sought to do more than
hurt our people and bring down buildings. They sought to break our spirit and destroy enduring values that unite us as Americans.
"In the years that followed, our capacity to love and to hope has guided us forward as we worked to rebuild, more sound and resilient than ever before,'' he said. ``With the hearts of those we lost held faithfully in our memories, we reaffirm the unwavering optimism and everlasting strength that brought us together in our darkest hour, and we resolve to give of ourselves in service to others in that same spirit.''
California Gov. Jerry Brown also issued a proclamation.
"Fifteen years ago today, Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners to use as suicide missiles against major American landmarks, including the Pentagon and New York's World Trade Center, where most of the nearly three thousand victims perished,'' Brown said.
"Each year since those terrible events, we have observed September 11 as Patriot Day to honor both those who lost their lives and the men and women who showed such bravery in responding to the attacks and aiding the victims.
"On this somber anniversary, I urge Californians to commemorate the lives we lost and the bravery of those who responded. I have ordered all flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff.''
The San Diego California Highway Patrol showed off their lip sync skills Thursday in their rendition of the popular song "Danger Zone" with a Tom Cruise look-alike.
A red flag warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday for San Diego County mountains and inland valleys as Santa Ana winds make a return to the region – combining low humidity levels and warm temperatures to create the potential for dangerous, wind-driven wildfires.
Warm and dry conditions are expected to last through Saturday. Gusty northeast winds in the mountains and valleys are expected to increase the risk of fire danger in the region.
The Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on released a ceremonial gunfire noise advisory for Friday, October 19th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity and warm temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Friday denoting a strong risk of wildfire in San Diego County.
Inmates at Las Colinas Detention and Re-Entry Facility in Santee are getting their hands dirty as part of the Fresh Start Farms program – which helps women learn valuable job skills before they are released.
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A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery. San Diego police reported Thursday.
An unidentified man sneaked into an East County home early Thursday and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl, authorities reported.