San Luis Obispo County residents have several opportunities Friday to attend events to pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the heroic efforts of first responders and the nation’s military. The following is a list of events that will be held around the county:
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The San Luis Obispo World Trade Center Memorial at the city’s main fire station will be dedicated during a memorial program at 12:30 p.m. Friday. A massive steel I-beam, once a structural support for one of the World Trade Center towers, has been placed horizontally — to match how it was installed in one of the towers — in a circular courtyard at the front entrance of the fire station at 2160 Santa Barbara St. in San Luis Obispo. The memorial is in partnership with American Legion Post 66.
American Legion Post 66 will hold its annual 9/11 Memorial Dedication at 10 a.m. Friday at Laguna Lake Golf Course, 11175 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. Each year, the event honors a different person or organization, and this year’s honoree is Honor Flight Central Coast California. The event will include a flag presentation by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Honor Guard, and music by Pacific Horizon Chorus and Central Coast Pipes & Drums. For information, call 543-6445.
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San Luis Obispo Vet Center will commemorate 9/11 with an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Friday for veterans, their family members and the public to tour the center, meet the staff, learn about resources and enroll in Vet Center services. The center is at 1070 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo.
Vet Center services are earned through military service in a combat zone or area of hostility and are provided at no cost to veterans or their families.
The staff includes social workers, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, master’s-level counselors and outreach specialists. The center also offers counseling on employment, family issues and education, as well as bereavement counseling and counseling for veterans who experienced sexual trauma while on active duty. More than 70 percent of Vet Center employees are veterans, and most served in combat zones. For information, visit http://www.vetcenter.va.gov.
The Templeton Fire Department will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Stair Climb from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Templeton High School’s Eagle Volunteer Stadium.
Firefighters will climb 2,598 steps in the stadium in a zigzag pattern to equal the number of steps it would have taken to reach the top of the World Trade Center. The firefighters will wear full gear, weighing 50 to 70 pounds.
The stadium will be available to other firefighters who want to participate, with the use of protective equipment being optional. The public is invited to watch the climb. Spectators are asked to park on Main Street and walk in through the main gate of the stadium.
Firefighters interested in participating are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-4913.
The city of Atascadero will have a special lighting event and candlelight ceremony at its historic City Hall from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The event is designed as a 9/11 tribute honoring local veterans as well as police and fire personnel, while also unveiling the city hall’s new exterior lighting. The event includes a fly-over at 5:05 p.m. by Estrella Warbirds Museum followed by patriotic musical performances by the Atascadero High School Show Choir, evening tours of the city hall and antique fire truck rides.
At 8 p.m., the city’s candlelight ceremony segment will begin with a moment of silence to honor local heroes, followed by a countdown to the unveiling of the lights at 8:30 p.m. City hall is located at 6500 Palma Ave.
The city of Grover Beach will host the 14th Annual 9/11 Memorial Service and Art/Memorabilia display at Ramona Garden Park. A twoday art and memorabilia display will be held Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The display includes a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, a newspaper collection showing two months’ of news coverage, memory books compiled by local residents and many more items depicting the 9/11 events and the themes of patriotism and the American spirit.
At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, an hour-long ceremony will include a flag presentation and posting by the Vandenberg Color Guard; music by the Pacific Horizon Chorus; guest speakers; and the presence of local fire, police and safety personnel. Attendees will be encouraged to offer their thoughts during an open discussion time followed by a bugler playing “Taps.” Ramona Garden Park is at 993 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach.
Cal Poly’s Veterans Success Center will commemorate 9/11 with a military salute at Friday’s soccer game against Air Force Academy at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The game begins at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m.
Events will honor the armed forces before the match, at halftime and after the match.
Patrick C. O’Rourke, the director of Active Duty and Veterans Affairs at the Office of the Chancellor for the California State University system, will give a short halftime address. O’Rourke is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who served as a Special Forces commander and in other roles with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
The university is encouraging members of the military and their families to attend.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for people age 60 and older, and $6 for children ages 2 to 13. Parking is available in Lots C-2, C-4 and C-7, off the California Boulevard entrance, for $6.
The Mighty Oaks Warrior Program, a faith-based organization for veterans and their families struggling with post-military issues, will hold a 9/11 remembrance during a graduation celebration for its program participants. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Adelaide Hall at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles.
The 9/11 Remembrance will be woven into the evening and include a video of the program staff and graduates sharing how 9/11 shaped their lives. For information on the organization, visit http://www.mightyoaksprograms.org/.