Dozens gathered in Rancho Cucamonga Sunday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.
At Central Park’s Freedom Courtyard, where the city hopes to one day build a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, a somber crowd gathered to join the Fire District and Police Department in reflecting on the tragedy more than two decades later.
World Trade Center remnants the city has collected over the years were on display, and a reading of “The Last Alarm” took attendees back in time to that moment in U.S. history.
The morning also included a pipes and drums performance.
The ceremony in Rancho Cucamonga was one of several planned across the Inland Empire on the anniversary of the 9/11 attack. From moments of silence to the ringing of bells, community members gathered Sunday for ceremonies of remembrance from Ontario to Temecula to Jurupa Valley.
Rancho Cucamonga intends to build a 9/11 Memorial Park adjacent to the new Fire Station 178 where remnants from the three sites of the attack — steel from the World Trade Center in New York City, pieces of Flight 93 and a chunk of the wall from the Pentagon — can be displayed permanently.
Donations are being accepted for the $1.5 million project. To learn more, visit CityofRC.us/911MemorialProject online.