On Thursday, county Supervisor Ron Roberts organized the re-hanging of a banner originally displayed on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The 32-foot tall banner is hanging on the tower on the west side of the County Administration Building. The banner honored those who died at the at the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and on Flight 93 where passengers fought back before the plane crashed in Shanksville, Pa. The banner will be taken down next week.
Robert Penninger, 63, an electrical engineer from Poway, was aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. Brent Woodall was a 31-year-old stock trader who worked on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center. At La Jolla High he was a star football, basketball and baseball player during the late 1980s. Tim Ward, 38, an up-and-coming project manager at Rubio’s Restaurants in San Diego, was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center. He graduated from San Diego State. Also aboard Flight 175 was Gerald Hardacre, 62, of Carlsbad. He was visiting his daughter, Colleen in Boston. Thomas McGuiness, who moved with his family from Fallbrook to New Hampshire just a year before the attacks, was the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center. “Nine years ago we remembered Robert, Brent, Tim, Gerald and Thomas, and thousands other, with this banner. On the 10th anniversary we still do.”
Other Memorials (partial list):
San Diego State — On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Fletcher 204-bell carillon at San Diego State will ring to commemorate the 10th anniversary. Patriotic music will be heard at various times throughout the day. The memorial toll will ring 11 strikes at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37 and 10:03 a.m. to commemorate the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash in Shanksville, Penn. The Office of Student Life and Leadership and the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) will co-host a campus memorial ceremony on Sept. 12 at the flag pole located on Campanile Walkway near Hepner Hall. The event takes place from 11:55 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., and will include a joint ROTC flag raising. Attendees will receive pins and ribbons, and will have the opportunity to sign a jumbo card that will be sent to first responders in New York City.
La Jolla-Point Loma — The Bach Collegium San Diego will mark the 10th anniversary with a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, and at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Crill Hall in Point Loma. Each concert will be preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a roundtable discussion between performers and members of the audience. Tickets are $25 or $40.
USS Midway Museum — A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 to pay tribute and honor the fallen heroes. Ceremony on the flight deck includes an 11-star wreath laying ceremony, a Navy jet flyover, a 21-gun salute and additional tributes.
Escondido — California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the city of Escondido will host a special Sept. 11 tribute to honor the victims. A reading of the names of those who died will be at 1 p.m. at the train depot in Grape Day Park. At 5 p.m. in the Lyric Court, patriotic arts and crafts will be displayed. A concert by Navy Band Southwest will be at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Admission is free.
Poway — The Sept. 10 Poway Patriotic Parade at 9 a.m. will honor the military as well as first responders, deputies and firefighters. Parade will start at Pomerado Road and continue along Poway Road to just past the Poway Library.