MURRIETA – Public ceremonies are planned in at least three western Riverside County cities today to pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In Murrieta, officials will mark the 15th anniversary with a bell-ringing service. The tolling of the bells at City Hall will coincide with the exact times that jetliners were flown into their targets by the jihadists.
The first bells will toll at 5:46 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the next bells will toll at 6:03 a.m., when United Airlines Flight 175 slammed into the South Tower; the third tolling will occur at 6:37 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon; and the final tolling will be at 7:07 a.m., when United Airlines Flight 93 went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as passengers fought to retake the hijacked aircraft.
The memorial will also feature a performance of patriotic hymns by local artist Corey McCoy.
At 8:30 a.m., the city of Riverside will hold a “Citywide Day of Service” to mark the 9/11 anniversary. The program will begin with a musical presentation by the UC Riverside Pipe Band in the plaza fronting City Hall.
At 9:11 a.m., a color guard ceremony is scheduled, with members of the Riverside Police Department Honor Guard Detail. Mayor Rusty Bailey will deliver remarks afterward, then community volunteers will deploy throughout various quarters of the city to remove refuse from the streets and engage in other outdoor activities aimed at improving public areas, according to organizers.
There will be a “Brunch with Our Heroes” fundraiser at 10 a.m., the proceeds of which will benefit police and firefighter charities. A blood drive is also planned on the Main Street pedestrian mall between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Closing ceremonies are set for 4 p.m., when Bailey and other city officials will thank volunteers, followed by a performance of patriotic instrumentals, featuring members of the Alvord Unified School District Music Department.
In Corona, city officials and the Christian Arts Theatre will hold a joint 9/11 tribute concert, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. The event, themed “Hope After Grief,” will feature patriotic orchestrations and speeches by officials, including Corona City Council members Dick Haley and Karen Spiegel. The concert will be the second one of the weekend in remembrance of those
killed and wounded in the attacks.
On Tuesday, Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Benoit will dedicate the meeting to the victims and survivors of 9/11. However, the county has no plans for a formal recognition ceremony today.