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Pasadena Marks 9/11 With Solemn Ceremonies

Published on Sunday, September 12, 2021 | 6:58 am
 

Pasadena marked the twentieth anniversary of America’s darkest day on Saturday with a small number of somber remembrances.

Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo addressed the city’s police and fire departments and a gathering of residents at Fire Station 31 on Fair Oaks Ave. during a 9/11 observance on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Councilmembers Felicia Williams and Gene Masuda were also in attendance. (Photo by Shirley Huang/Pasadena Now)

Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo addressed the city’s police and fire departments and a gathering of residents at Fire Station 31, 135 S. Fair Oaks Ave.  Across the city, all other fire stations held similar observations.

The city’s emergency dispatchers broadcast a short radio message as part of the remembrance ceremony.

All city flags flew at half-staff throughout the day, city officials said.

Earlier, the Tournament of Roses conducted a brief flag-raising ceremony at its headquarters at 391 S. Orange Grove Avenue

“Today we commend the heroic actions and courage of the rescue workers, firefighters, police officers and military personal who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero,” 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller said before the flag was raised to half-staff outside Tournament House in honor of 9/11 victims.

Pasadena Police Chief John Perez and Fire Chief Chad Augustin attended the ceremony.

The Blair High School Army JROTC Color Guard under the command of First Sergeant Ben Hicks served as color guard.

Mid-morning, the vandalized flagpole at the Pasadena Senior Center, which for more than a year prevented the Center from honoring this country and local veterans, was restored in a ceremony that paid tribute to those who died in the Twin Towers, to first responders, and to military veterans.

The public ceremony at the Center, 85 E. Holly St., saw the damaged pulley system on the Center’s flagpole replaced by Pasadena firefighters using a hook-and-ladder fire truck. 

Augustine Grube, commander of American Legion Post 13 in Pasadena, presented a new American flag donated by the post. Boy Scouts from Troop 351 in San Marino helped mount the flag and after it was raised, led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Senior Center Center Executive Director Akila Gibbs said Saturday was the right time to “dedicate this new flag and to acknowledge 9/11 and to acknowledge our first responders and our military.”

References:

Pasadena Leaders Remember the City’s Reaction to 9/11 Attacks

At Pasadena Senior Center, 9/11 Commemorated With Restoration of Vandalized Flagpole

Pasadenans David and Lynn Angell, Killed in the Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks, Remembered As A Kind, Loving and Generous Couple

Guest Essay | Ann Erdman: Remembering America’s Darkest Day of the 21st Century

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