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9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies in San Diego

On the 16th anniversary of September 11th, USS Midway Museum will hold a remembrance ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

The ceremony will include a helicopter flyover, 21-gun salute and a reading of the names of our fallen heroes.

There are several separate remembrance events going on throughout the county as well. 

El Cajon will host an event at 10:30 a.m. at Grossmont College. Bill Hay, who was on the 55th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower, will speak.

There will be a 6:59 a.m. meeting at the flagpole at 6th and D Ave. in Coronado. 

Valley Center will hold a reading of the names of the fallen at the Valley Center Fire Protection District Fire Station 28234 Lilac Road at 8 a.m.

On September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda suicide bombers hijacked and crashed four airplanes, killing everyone onboard. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York, one crashed into the Pentagon and the last crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

In total, 2,997 people were killed in the attacks. 

There are several people from San Diego who are among those killed. 

Brian Sweeney's name will be among those recited Monday. The one-time Pacific Beach resident was aboard Flight 175 on that fateful day and managed to leave his wife a voicemail moments before he died that begins, "Hi Jules, it's Brian. Listen, I'm on an airplane that's been hijacked."

Susie Ward Baker of La Mesa lost her son, 38-year-old Tim Ward, a project manager for Rubios and 1987 graduate of San Diego State University. He was also on Flight 175.

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.

Robert Penninger, 63, of Poway was on American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon. A classic car and motorcycle enthusiast, Penninger was said to enjoy showing his 1999 Cobra Mustang at area car shows.

Stock trader Brent Woodall, the son of a La Jolla couple, 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 he perished in the tower collapse.

Woodall graduated La Jolla High School where a memorial award and scholarship was created to recognize outstanding baseball players, something Woodall excelled at before beginning a career in finance.

Deora Bodley, a 20-year-old college student from Mira Mesa, 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.

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