The light beams in New York that remind the city and the country of what was lost in 2001 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. Photo credit: Via
The light beams in New York that at times have served to remind the city and the country of what was lost in 2001 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. Photo credit: Via

Thousands of American flags will be laid Thursday to honor each victim who died during 9/11, just one of many San Diego area memorials scheduled to mark the 2001 terrorist attacks.

At Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, 2,977 flags will be laid out on the campus’ grand lawn to represent those who died in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA. on Sept. 11, 2001.

Scheduled speakers at the 10:30 a.m. event include Col. John Farnham, commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the Iraqi Chaldean community, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Lannon, and Sen. Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon.

The events include opportunities to serve the community, such as donating blood, and college commemorations featuring military veterans and firefighters.

At UC San Diego, John Cerda, chairman of the school’s Veterans Association, will join members of the UCSD Police Department in placing a wreath at a commemorative tree on Warren Mall at 8 a.m. The wreath will be on view until sunset.

The school will also observe a moment of silence at noon, when the bells at Geisel Library will ring out with a composition by Scott Paulson of UCSD’s art library.

A wreath-laying ceremony is also scheduled for 2:30 p.m. aboard the USS Midway museum. Mayor Kevin Faulconer is scheduled to speak, and members of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will participate.

A blood drive for the San Diego Blood Bank will take place at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The first 100 donors will receive a pair of passes to the Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego or Haunted Trail in Balboa Park.

Names of victims of the 9/11 attacks will be read at Grossmont College in El Cajon beginning at 8 a.m., followed by a remembrance ceremony at 12:30 p.m. The lunchtime event will include remarks by student body President Rafael Navarrete, a former Marine sergeant, college President Sunita Cooke, and keynote speaker Lt. Col. Douglas Luccio, deputy operations officer for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

More than 60 cadets from San Diego State University’s Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs will lower the flag near Hepner Hall to half-staff at 10 a.m., followed by a moment of silence, the sounding of “Taps” and a short prayer.

– City News Service