San Diego begins 9/11 observances

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SAN DIEGO — City of San Diego officials and public safety leaders will pay tribute to first responders and their families Wednesday as a series of somber events leading up to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror strikes gets underway.

The memorial, which is set to start at 11:30 a.m. at the downtown Community Concourse, will include a presentation of the colors by the San Diego Police and Fire-Rescue Department honor guards, opening and closing prayers, and comments from city officials. Artifacts from the World Trade Center will be displayed, according to the city. It will conclude with a moment of silence.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, fire-rescue Chief Brian Fennessy are among city officials scheduled to attend. Joe Torrillo, a retired New York City Fire Department lieutenant and 9/11 survivor, is also scheduled to attend.

More than 400 emergency workers died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, including 343 firefighters, 37 officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, 23 NYPD officers, and eight emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services.

Other events commemorating the anniversary of the attacks include a stop by a fire truck, which was able to go back into service after 11 of its crew members were killed, at the Toby Wells Family YMCA Thursday morning; the annual San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, one of about 30 similar climbs nationwide, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Saturday morning; and a memorial ceremony at Centennial Plaza in El Cajon Sunday morning.

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