List of 9/11 events in San Diego County this weekend
Parades, memorial runs, concerts and other community gatherings are slated for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday Sept. 11
This year is the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and remembrances — ranging from memorial runs and parades to concerts — are planned throughout the San Diego area. Here is a sampling.
Evening With Heroes: The Chula Vista Police Department Foundation hosts “Evening With Heroes” from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Easton Archery Center at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, 2800 Olympic Parkway. The fundraising event helps support the men, women and K-9s of the Chula Vista Police Department. Tickets are $150. This year’s event includes a special 9/11 tribute. Visit chulavistapolicefoundation.org/upcoming-events.
9/11 memorial ceremony: Coronado firefighters, police, lifeguards and local military personnel will hold a brief ceremony at 6:45 a.m. Saturday at Fire Station 36, 1001 Sixth St., with invocation, a moment of silence and symbolic ringing of the station’s bell to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Visit 211la.org/resources/site/san-diego-county-ssb-coronado-fire-department-station-36.
9/11 commemorative concert: Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra, conducted by David Chan, perform “A Path Forward,” a memorial concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park (formerly the San Diego Polo Fields). The concert is presented in collaboration with the National Conflict Resolution Center. Tickets start at $75 and are available at https://www.mainlymozart.org/path-forward, or register for the free livestream at https://bit.ly/3E99NMA.
Ceremony and barbecue: The Brothers of 6 group will host a Patriots Day Remembrance ceremony and barbecue Saturday at the American Legion Post 149, 230 E. Park Ave. The ceremony is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. and include a color guard presentation with speech by Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara. Dinner is at 5 p.m.; live music at 6 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue are $10. RSVP at brothersof6.com. Call (760) 745-1159.
Patriot Day 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: The ceremony is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fallbrook Fire Station 1, 315 Ivy St. Visit fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/Patriot-Day--9.11-Remembrance-Ceremony_ET5382.html.
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: The brief ceremony is from 6:45 to 7:15 a.m. Saturday by the flagpole at the Imperial Beach City Hall, 825 Imperial Beach Blvd. Visit imperialbeachca.gov.
9/11 Memorial Walk: Join the Maine Avenue Revitalization Association walkers for a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Mary’s Donuts, 10101 Maine Ave. The walk starts at 6:45 p.m. to the Lakeside Historical Society, 9906 Maine Ave. The ceremony includes emcee Andrew Hayes, Kelly Rice singing the “Star Spangled Banner,” and three speakers. Call (619) 909-2994.
9/11 Remembrance: The American Legion hosts this event at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Vietnam Memorial next to the La Mesa Veterans Club (American Legion, Post 282 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ship 1774). The club is at 8118 University Ave., corner of Spring Street and University Avenue. The Legion’s commander, vice commander, and chaplain will offer remembrance thoughts and prayers.
Online 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: National City, with the city Fire Department, Police Department and Firefighters Local 2744, holds the online remembrance from 8:30 to10:30 a.m. Saturday . The event will be livestreamed on the National City and the National City Firefighters Local 2744 Facebook pages. Guest speaker is Brennan Savage, a retired New York Fire Department firefighter. Visit facebook.com/nationalcityfirefighters.
9/11 Never Forget. Half Marathon Run: 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Oceanside Municipal Pier. The free run is dedicated to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, including members of fire departments, police departments and military branches. Visit eventbrite.com/e/911-never-forget-half-marathon-run-tickets-161723185401.
20th anniversary ceremony: The Oceanside fire and police departments host a 9/11 remembrance at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre as part of a ceremonial “Final Mile” walk. There will be a ceremonial “last mile” walk that morning. Staging will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Civic Center flagpole at City Hall. At about 8:45, the group will walk to The Strand at Surfrider to join others, then on to the amphitheater. Visit ci.oceanside.ca.us/cals.
At approximately 9:03 a.m. (the time the second tower was hit), the remembrance activities will begin. This will include a flag salute, the singing of the national anthem, the playing of taps, the nation’s song of remembrance, and more. Police Chief Fred Armijo will serve as emcee. Visit ci.oceanside.ca.us/default.asp.
9/11 American flag unfolding: Free annual “We the people American flag unfolding” at noon Saturday at the Oceanside Municipal Pier in support of veterans/YMCA. Visit m-partners.facebook.com/events/866171754253692.
9/11 remembrance: St. Thomas More Catholic Church presents “Moments of Silence and Music, Remembering a Historic American Day: September 11, 2001” for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1450 S. Melrose Drive. The 70-minute performance features the Concordia Wind Orchestra conducted by Jeff Held, Presentation of Colors by the Oceanside Fire Department, with bagpipes playing taps and “Amazing Grace.” Suggested donation is $10. CDC protocols will be observed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 758-4100.
56th Poway Rotary Parade: Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with the theme “Honoring our Community Heroes,” the parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and features high school bands and equestrian units, pageant courts and first responders. Parade participants will head eastbound along Poway Road starting at 9 a.m. at Poway Road’s intersection with Pomerado Road and end at Bowron Road, near the Poway Library around 11 a.m. Visit
9/11 Heroes Run: The 5K is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Rancho Bernardo High School, 13010 Paseo Lucido. The event unites communities internationally with the goal to “never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th and the wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian and military.” Join in person or virtually. Visit travismanion.org/events/911-heroes-run/2020-san-diego-ca-2.
20th Anniversary Memorial of September 11, 2001: Tribute to fallen heroes at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, Navy Pier, 910 N. Harbor Drive. Presentation of Colors by Honor Guards, pipes and drums, national anthem, reading of first responder names and Tolling of the Bells along with emergency helicopter flyover, United States Navy Band, Twenty-one Gun Salute, taps and harbor police fireboat water display. Visit midway.org/calendar-events/9-11-ceremony-2021.
9/11 20th Anniversary Climb to Remember: Participate in this stair climb with Fed Fire Team to commemorate 9/11 from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Beacon Tower, 3705 Norman Scott Road. Walk up and down one Beacon Tower for a total of 864 stairs, or complete two towers for a total of 1,728 stairs. Participants receive an event T-shirt. Visit runsignup.com/Race/CA/SanDiego/91120thAnniversaryClimbtoRemember.
ROTC Memorial Event: San Diego State University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is hosting a public memorial event at 8:40 a.m. Monday on campus at Hepner Hall. Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC will be in attendance as well as first responders from the San Diego State University Police Department and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The memorial will include a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., marking the moment the North Tower of the World Trade Center Complex was struck. The event will also feature a bell toll recognizing the 20 years that have passed since the attack, and guest speakers, including SDSU President Adela de la Torre.
9/11 Memorial Ride with Indian Motorcycle Riders: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday starting at Indian Motorcycle of San Diego, 9240 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Memorial Ride to Josie’s Hideout for lunch. Call (858) 277-0422 or visit indianofsd.com.
9/11 Patriot Ride Biggs Harley-Davidson: Motorcycle ride to Mount Soledad on Saturday to remember and honor the country’s heroes. Continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at Biggs Harley, 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd. The Patriot Ride is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and lunch is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Biggs Harley. Visit eventbrite.com/e/911-patriot-ride-biggs-harley-davidson-tickets-166094951471.
Patriot Day Firehouse Fair: The fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Center Community Hall. A “Reading of the Names” is from 9 to 11 a.m. at Fire Station 1, 28234 Lilac Road. Highlights include live entertainment, cornhole tournament, beer garden (Rincon Brewery), food (Optimist Club), games, pie and watermelon eating contest, cake walk and live auction. Entry fee is $5. Proceeds help pay for the future Fire Station 3 on Cole Grade Road. Presale tickets are available at the Lilac station and other locations. Visit myvcba.com/event/patriot-day-firehouse-fair.
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb: Harrah’s Resort Southern California and the Rincon Fire Department host this event at 10 a.m. Saturday to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice 20 years ago. Participants are invited to climb 110 flights of stairs, the height of the World Trade Center towers, in the North Tower of the resort. The Stair Climb is not a timed race or event, and it is open to all, regardless of age or fitness level. Registration is free and will open on Saturday in the North Tower. Donations will be collected on site, and the Rincon Tribe will match all donations received. All proceeds from the Stair Climb will go to Tunnels to Towers, a foundation that provides mortgage-free homes to families of military and first responders. The casino is at 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way.
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