Approaching the ten-year anniversary of September 11th, we remember the lives lost on that tragic day and embrace our pride as Americans and love for our country. While most of us in San Diego are unable to attend the opening of the 9-11 Memorial in New York City, there are several opportunities to attend dedicated events taking place in our community.
September 3, 2011, the San Diego Fireman’s Relief Association will host the 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb and Community Festival at the San Diego Bayfront Hilton. The commemorative stair climb is intended to honor the firefighters who sacrificed their lives on 9-11. NBC 7’s Artie Ojeda and Whitney Southwick will take on the climb alongside firefighters, military, law enforcement officers, and civilians. The 110 floor climb, designed to honor the 343 FDNY, 23 NYPD, and 37 Port Authority members lost on 9-11. During the climb and throughout the day, there will be a community festival going, with food, entertainment, beer garden and kids activities. All proceeds will benefit the FirefighterAid and National Firefighters Foundation. For more information about this event visit the 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb website.
Sunday, September 11, 2011, NBC 7’s Monica Dean will emcee the Freedom Walk 2011. Organized by Operation Homefront, the walk symbolizes our dedication to remembering the lives of those individuals lost on 9-11 and the ability to carry on from such tragedy through the strength and unity of our nation. The 5k walk, being held at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay begins at 730am registration, with ceremony at 9am and walk begins at 10am. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register for the event visit the Operation Homefront website.
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For its 10th year, the USS Midway Museum will hold its Annual Memorial Service remembering the fallen heroes of 9-11. The memorial service hosted by the FDNY Retirees of California will include an array of events such as an 11-star wreath laying ceremony, US Navy flyover, a twenty one gun salute and so much more. Boarding for the event will begin at 1:30pm and is open to the public. For more information visit the USS Midway Museum website.
First Presbyterian Church San Diego is set to hold a memorial concert to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of 9-11. Artists Rene Clausen and Ralph Vaughan Williams will have their musical compositions performed by the combined choirs of the First Presbyterian Church, La Jolla Presbyterian Church, the San Diego Symphony. Special guests will include Chaplain of the United States Senate Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie and San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar. The concert in free and open to the public. For more information on this event visit the First Presbyterian Church San Diego website.