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LA MESA -- Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are holding public remembrances of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people and triggered the global war on terror.
At Grossmont College, the 9/11 remembrance – open to the public -- kicks off at 8 a.m. in the Main Quad with the recitation of the victims’ names interspersed with six moments of silence corresponding with the times the two planes hit the Twin Towers in New York City, when the two towers fell, and when two other commandeered planes crashed – one into the Pentagon and another into a field in Shanksville, PA.
A remembrance ceremony at noon will follow the reading of victims’ names, with a welcome and introductions by college President Sunita V. Cooke and student government President Esau Cortez, and keynote speakers Sgt. Joel Wigand, a 30-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and Dr. Irving “Jake” Jacoby, attending physician for the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine at the UCSD Medical Center.
Wigand and Jacoby will speak about their experiences in New York City following the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers.
Closing the remembrance ceremony will be the presentation of the Spirit of 9/11 Award to Grossmont College chemistry Professor Jeffrey Lehman in recognition of his emergency response work with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Cave & Technical Rescue Team, for whom he has completed more than 100 search and rescue missions, and the San Diego-based Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-4, recently deployed in support of federal relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
On Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., tables will be set up in Grossmont College’s Main Quad where everyone is invited to decorate a square that will become a part of the 9/11 Grossmont College Memorial Quilt. A United Service Organization donation drive is also taking place. Requested items include snacks, bottled water, batteries, travel-sized toiletries, and new children’s books for the USO’s United Through Reading Program. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.
At Cuyamaca College, an on-campus display of 2,977 flags is being sponsored by the Associated Students of Cuyamaca College. Students and interns from state Sen. Joel Anderson’s office will set up the display in the Grand Lawn starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. A community remembrance ceremony is set for 10:30-11 a.m. Sept. 11 on the Grand Lawn of the college at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, where college President Mark J. Zacovic; Battalion Chief Jeff Lannon of the San Miguel Fire Department; Chad Peterson, Cuyamaca student and member of the Student Veteran’s Organization; and Tommy Marquez from Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office will be among the speakers. The San Miguel Fire Department will also be displaying its 70-foot American flag, and musical tributes will feature three local high school students performing the national anthem and the Navy Band Southwest, one of the Navy’s oldest continuing musical organizations.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the audience will be invited to take a yellow ribbon to tie around a flag in memory of a victim.