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NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports from the site of a touring exhibit honoring the memory of those lost in the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Across the country, Sept. 11 victims' loved ones marked the 12th anniversary of the attacks Wednesday at ground zero with the reading of names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.
At the Pentagon, plans call for a morning ceremony for victims' relatives and survivors of the attacks and an afternoon observance for Pentagon workers.
The 12th anniversary also arrives with changes coming at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, where officials gathered Tuesday to herald the start of construction on a visitor center.
One of the passengers of that flight was 20-year-old Deora Bodley. A college student from Mira Mesa, Bodley was visiting friends in New Jersey before boarding United Flight 93. A graduate of La Jolla Country Day, Bodley was about to start her Junior Year at the University of Santa Clara.
Susie Ward Baker of La Mesa lost her son, 38-year-old Tim Ward, a project manager for Rubios.
Ramona resident Ann Browne was anticipating a visit from her brother Father Francis Grogan from Massachusetts. A friend had given him a first-class ticket on the United flight.
Brian Sweeney, 38, was also killed in 9/11. He had recently moved from Pacific Beach.
Stock trader Brent Woodall was the son of a La Jolla couple. He called his parents from Tower 2 when the first plane crashed into the WTC. He called again later to say he was getting out but perished in the tower collapse.
On the 12th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, San Diegans can remember those killed with a special exhibit on display near downtown.
A touring exhibit with a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, some limestone from the Pentagon and a piece of the fuselage from United Flight 93 will be at the Hilton Bay Front on One Park Boulevard.
One of those who responded to the World Trade Center when the first of two hijacked planes collided with the towers was retired FDNY Lt. Joe Torrillo.
“There’s something about the day that makes me feel different. It just takes me right back,” retired Torrillo told NBC 7 News.
He called the traveling exhibit the perfect opportunity to get a feeling for the day that changed America forever.
Passersby will be able to view documentaries on the last phone calls made from the towers and also traffic control recordings and an FDNY ladder truck that worked at the WTC site.
There will be a special dove release at noon. The memorial begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
In Chula Vista, firefighters remembered the fallen 343 firefighters with a traditional ceremony in which a firehouse bell is rung for a firefighter who has paid the supreme sacrifice.
At Chula Vista Fire Station 7, three bells were scheduled to toll at 8 a.m. and firefighters across the city will stand at attention at 8 a.m.
Then, at 2:30 p.m., the San Diego Chapter of the Retired New York City Firefights Association was planning to hold its annual remembrance on the flight deck.