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Remember 9-11: Events happening around the Valley

KMPH – Fresno-Visalia logo KMPH – Fresno-Visalia 9/11/2021 Stephen Hawkins
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So we may Never Forget 9/11, many associations hold annual remembrance ceremonies. On this 20th anniversary of that tragic day, may we Never Forget.

Thursday, September 9 - 10:00 amMadera Community College: 30277 Ave 12, Madera

8:30 a.m.: Breakfast for firefighters in TM-11

10:00 a.m.: Ceremony at the flagpole with guest speaker Sergeant Rick Jimenez. Sergeant Jimenez’s birthday is September 11. He received orders to drill instructor duty on 9/11. The president declared war in Iraq on his son’s birthday. Three years later, he deployed to Iraq. Presentation of Colors, Moment of Silence, Madera High School Student Anthony Perez playing Taps.

Friday, September 10 - 9:00 amFresno City College, 1101 E University Ave., Fresno

9/11 Ceremony in the Peace Garden

Saturday, September 11 – 8:30 am3485 Never Forget Ln., Clovis

California 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Commemoration: Honor, Educate, Remember, 20 years later. The Memorial underwent a $500,000 expansion in 2019 to include replicas (at a 1/100th scale) of both the Twin Towers and Pentagon, a life-size bronze statue of a first responder “Answering the Call” and the installation of storyboards to tell the story of heroism on that fateful day. Phase II of the expansion is underway and includes a monument dedicated to the Flight 93, an additional Wounded Warrior bronze statue and storyboards. This expansion will be completed in time for the 20th-anniversary commemoration in 2021. The public is encouraged to attend.

Saturday, September 11 – 10:00 am3485 Never Forget Ln., Clovis

The Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools has partnerd with the California 9/11 Memorial to hold the One Voice – The Spirit of 9/12 student event at the California 9/11 Memorial in Clovis. The student event will follow the morning program hosted by the California 9/11 Memorial. The student event will showcase finalists in the art, poetry and logo contest with the theme of the “Spirit of 9/12” when all Americans came together to help each other. The grand-prize winners will be awarded that morning. There will also be guest speakers and student musical performances. Please see the attached news release and event program for more information. The finalists in the student poetry and art are featured in the program.

Saturday, September 11 – 6:00 am to 6:00 pmTulare Veterans Memorial Building: 1771 E. Tulare Avenue, Tulare

The Central California Blood Center is teaming up once again with the Tulare Rotary Club, the City of Tulare Fire Department, Tulare AMVETS, local businesses and volunteers to host its 15th annual Tulare Rotary 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive.

Donors are invited to come out and donate, remember the lives lost, but also celebrate the lives gained through blood donation. Each donor will receive a “Memory Badge” with an actual victim’s name to make the experience more personal and powerful. They will also receive a t-shirt and various coupons, including a ticket to the Tulare Fair. The first 100 first-time donors will also receive a Galaxy Movie Theatre Movie Ticket. FREE flu shots will also be provided by Walgreens on-site. Also, join us for the return of the Remembrance Ceremony at 7:00 am. The ceremony includes the presenting of our colors, an honor guard, invocation, ringing of the Memorial Bell, firefighter’s prayer, and closing remarks.

Saturday, September 11 – 7:30 am to 8:00 am American Legion Post, 1502 O Street, Sanger

9/11 Ceremony with flag retirement and flag ceremony, speaker J D Benner of American Legion. Breakfast by VFW follows. Participants American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, Association of United States Army.

Saturday, September 11 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pmTodd Beamer Park, 1890 E. Plymouth Way, Fresno

Teens That Care is hosting our 2nd Annual 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance to honor Todd Beamer and all those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Guest speaker will be Councilman Garry Bredefeld. Deputy Chief Burke Farrah will be in attendance from Fresno PD. Officers from the NE Policing Station and Fresno Fire Department Station #17 will be in attendance with their vehicles on display. The Fresno Sheriff’s Honor Guard will be Presenting the Colors. The community is invited to attend as we gather to pay tribute to the 2,996 men, women, children, first responders, and the heroic passengers of United Airlines flight #93. (Guest are asked to bring lawn chairs)

Saturday, September 11 -  12:00 pm to 1:00 pmWoodward Park, Fresno

Kiwanis Club of Fresno Valley Heroes Parade at Woodward Park. We will be celebrating the valley’s men and women of law enforcement, first responders, our veterans and remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11 twenty years ago. Fresno City Mayor Jerry Dyer will be the Grand Marshal. We are inviting agencies and veteran groups from throughout the valley to send a vehicle with two people they choose to drive in a parade and allow the public to pay respects along the parade route. We are including our constituent youth groups, to whom we dedicate our service to ride along with these heroes. We will celebrate these wonderful children as they strive to become citizens and leaders in our community. We invite all groups to set up booths to recruit, hand out information and make the public aware of the services they provide giving aid to our community. There will be 1000 American flags planted into the park grounds. We will have a mobile food court, vendors, balloons, flags, banners, bounce houses, and all kinds of fun things for families to enjoy on this day of celebration. We will have several helicopters on the ground so the kids and the public can interact with pilots and crew. Bring a picnic, pop up, quilts, the dog (on a leash), and enjoy. At noon, the parade will commence with a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11, Valerie Salcedo will sing the National Anthem and pledge of allegiance. Visit FresnoKiwanis.org for more information.

Saturday, September 11 - 7:00 pmBulldogs Stadium at Fresno State

Fresno State will lower flags to half-staff in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11. There will be special events to honor them during the football game between Fresno State and Cal Poly. During the game, the University will honor military and first responders with a variety of in-game recognition and tributes. All active duty and veteran military members and first responders can purchase tickets for just $10. Fans can donate a $10 ticket to military and first responders, and Fresno State will match their donations, and the entire first row of Section 25 at Bulldog Stadium will be left empty as a tribute to America’s fallen heroes. The Bulldogs will also wear custom uniform elements to pay tribute.

Sunday, September 12 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmClovis Veterans Memorial District 808 4th Street Clovis

Association of US Army band "Sounds of Freedom". EX-POW Chapter 1 will be a special guest with recognition. 

Monday, September 13 - 9:00 am to 10:00 amWest Hills College Lemoore Student Union Building, 555 College Ave., Lemoore

West Hills College Lemoore is hosting a 9/11 Remembrance event on Monday in front of the Student Union Building. “Our college wants to take a time as a community to remember the lives that were lost and to reflect on how our country came together to support one another,” said James Preston, Interim West Hills College Lemoore President. The event is being put together by the Veteran’s Upward Bound program at the college.

At the event, the Naval Air Station Lemoore Color Guard will present colors and will feature a panel of guest speakers, including Kevyn Knotts, Retired Navy Veteran & WHCL Student, Jerry Walsh, Retired Navy Master Chief, and Michael Kendall, Chief, Lemoore Police Department. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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