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IE Remembers: 9/11 – Ten Years Later

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Community Events Honor the Past and Encourages Inclusiveness in the Future

Americans will never forget the date, September 11, 2001. Exactly ten years ago, on that ill-fated day, the devastating terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a failed attempt in Somerset County, Pennsylvania unfolded and would change American history forever. As the nation banded together, Inland Empire residents also should support and unity. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Riversiders came together in front of City Hall as a symbol of strength and conviction, vowing never to forget what happened and promising to work together for a diverse and inclusive community.

Ten years later, the City of Riverside is again hosting an event in front of City Hall to reflect on how the community joined together to become stronger in the face of adversity, uncertainty, and fear.  The event, ‘Riverside Remembers: 9/11 – Ten Years Later,’ will be held September 11, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on the City Hall Breezeway on the corner of 9th and Main Streets.

“I remember the tremendous confusion and anxiety that existed after the terrorist attacks when no one knew what to expect,” noted Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge.  “The event held in September 2001 at which leaders of various religions came together, put their arms around each other, and moved forward in unison is one of the most profound memories I have as Mayor of Riverside.  I anticipate that this 10th anniversary event will evoke similar memories ten years from now.”

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod in a statement wrote: “This September marks the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost on that day, including 400 first responders as well as approximately 80 Californians. As we continue to mourn the loss of the innocent, the California State Senate is introducing a Senate Concurrent Resolution to appropriately honor those who lost their lives and reaffirm our commitment to the California families that suffered a loss on that historic day. The resolution expresses gratitude for the public safety personnel, volunteers, first responders and all other emergency responders for their heroism. While the attacks are among the most somber and devastating events of recent history, September 11 serves as a reminder of the pride and resiliency of the American people. If you would like a copy of this resolution please contact my district office via telephone at (909) 621-2783 or email Senator.Mcleod@SENATE.CA.GOV for your copy of the 9/11 - 10th Anniversary Resolution.”

Charles Evered, associate professor of theater at the University of California, Riverside and a Navy Reserve officer, was at Ground Zero a few days after the attacks. “It changed me forever,” he says. Evered was one of a handful of New York playwrights who were invited to write for the Brave New World showcase commemorating the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11. His 10-minute play about a sophisticated couple from New York City who forget they’ve volunteered to “adopt” a sailor for dinner during Fleet Week became a full-length play and a feature-length movie that starred Bebe Neuwirth, Peter Coyote and Ethan Peck.

The Riverside event is scheduled to feature stories from Riverside’s Urban Search and Rescue team that traveled to New York in the aftermath of the attacks.  Leaders of Riverside’s faith community will reflect on how 9/11 affected their constituencies and how they banded together to promote unity.  In addition, the much heralded Arlington High School Choir will lead the audience in patriotic songs, and a flyover is scheduled for the end of the event.

All members of the surrounding community are encouraged to attend.  For more information, please visit http://www.riversideca.gov/mayor/pdf/2011-0817-riversideremembers.pdf or email Eric Ustation at eustation@riversideca.gov.  A video of Riversiders’ reflections on 9/11 can be seen on the City’s YouTube channel by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/riversidecagov.

The Galleria at Tyler invites the community to join them as they take pause to commemorate the 9/11 tragedy on the 10-year anniversary.  The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is designed to inspire millions of people to annually pay tribute on the anniversary of 9/11 by pledging to perform good deeds, support charitable causes, volunteer and engage in acts of compassion.

Galleria at Tyler will present the tribute service on Sunday, September 11th at 1:00pm on the lower level of the mall near H&M.  The commemoration will feature: United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps doing a presentation of colors while a saxophonist plays the National Anthem; Paul Chabot, author and Iraq War veteran, will speak about his book Eternal Battle Against Evil; Flag Folding ceremony featuring 12 year old bugle player Robert Cranfill, followed by a moment of silence; Galleria at Tyler will announce its Operations Gratitude cell phone collection program inviting customer to bring their old and used cell phones to the mall.  The cell phones will be recycled through mall retailer GRC Wireless and Operation Gratitude will earn up to $30 or more per phone; Giant Thank You card on display for customers to write a per sonal message and will be presented to all in uniform who bravely serve; and - Speaker Chief Sergio Diaz from the Riverside Police Department.

"This is an opportunity for Galleria at Tyler to unite with the nation as we honor and remember the victims, family members, survivors, rescue and recovery workers and countless volunteers on that tragic day," said Christina Riojas, Marketing Manager. "Though the enormity of what happened that day never will be forgotten, the spirit of the American people persevered.  What better way to show the strength and goodness of our country than on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11."

In Redlands, there will be a special observance beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant Street, Redlands.

Fontana will host a memorial service to begin on September 11, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a blood drive beginning at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Memorial Rose Garden, 16822 Spring Street. The City of Fontana and the San Bernardino County Fire Department invites the public to join them in honoring those who lost their lives ten years ago and their theme is “We Will Never Forget.” For more information call (909) 349-6946.

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