All North Coast residents and guests are invited to the Veterans Memorial Building flag stand at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, for a short service commemorating the sacrifices of those who died on that date in 2001 during the attacks on America.
The remembrance ceremony, hosted by Sons of the American Legion Post 432, is to be followed by a free hot dog-and-burger barbecue and the Legion Auxiliary’s salad bar. The service happens around the Vets Hall flag stand near Main Street and Cambria Drive.
Organizers want the long-lasting legacy of the 2001 attacks to be respect and appreciation for first responders who rush toward danger and life-threatening situations, trying to save the lives of others.
As event coordinator, Steve Kniffen wrote that some 400 first responders were killed during the attacks on America. “Their actions that day should serve as a shining example to future generations … that some among us are willing to lay down their lives for a fellow neighbor they don’t even know.”
This year’s short service also is dedicated to firefighters who lost their lives in California and Washington this summer. The event also honors North Coast hometown heroes — among them deputies, officers, firefighters, rangers, paramedics and emergency-medical technicians, plus members of various rescue and emergency teams, most of whom are volunteers.
Many of them “live right here, next door, every day, ready to sacrifice for us,” Kniffen said.
It “is a great event,” he said, “perfect for young kids, as the ceremony is short, the food is free, all get glow sticks and everyone will still get home in time for bed.”