9/11 is an emotional day for me personally. Paul and I were supposed to be in the area that same morning for a business meeting. It was originally scheduled earlier (during the time when the tragedy took place) but was moved back. We were fortunate that our meeting was not scheduled an hour earlier.
September 11 events to mark the 7th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks
New York: Ceremony at Ground Zero will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Zuccotti Park, at Liberty and Church streets near the site of the World Trade Center. The names of all victims will be read at this ceremony. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor at the time of the attacks, and other officials will attend.
Barack Obama and John McCain today will take a break from campaigning to visit Ground Zero in New York in the afternoon, according to the group MyGoodDeed.org, a nonprofit organization founded by families and friends of 9/11 victims.
This evening the pair will stay in New York to participate in a Presidential Forum on Service, which is part of a two-day ServiceNation summit organized by the group, that describes itself as a campaign to “call on the next president and Congress, leaders form all sectors of society, and our fellow Americans to create a new era of service and civic engagement in America…”
Washington, D.C.: President Bush this morning will preside over a dedication ceremony for the Pentagon 9/11 memorial that features 184 steel-and-granite benches, each engraved with a victim’s name. The event marks the plane that terrorists crashed into the west side of the Pentagon.
Shanksville, Pennsylvania: A morning ceremony remembers the 40 who died aboard Flight 93 that went down in western Pennsylvania. Many events at this site are planned throughout the day, including the reading of the names of victims and laying of wreaths.
San Diego: Reading of victims’ names and tolling of bells today will mark 9/11 starting at 2:30 p.m. on the deck of the USS Midway (910 N. Harbor Drive).
Fullerton plans a 30-minute tribute at 6:30 p.m. in the downtown plaza that includes the Fullerton Fire Department presenting a display in honor of the 343 New York firefighters killed in the attacks.
Los Angeles: Two ceremonies are planned, one at 7 a.m. at the Fire Department Museum and Fallen Firefighter Memorial (1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood); one at 10 a.m. at the Fire Department Training Center (1700 Stadium Way in Elysian Park), with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on hand to mark the event.
–Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times staff writer