Ten years ago Sunday, 3,000 people lost their lives from acts of terrorism in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Today Sacramento honored those people with a Day of Remembrance.
At 5:30am a vigil and reading of the names of those who died took place on the west steps of the Capitol. A moment of silence occurred at 5:46am.
Firefighters participated in Sacramento’s annual 9/11 Memorial Climb. This event honors the 343 Firefighters of FDNY that paid the ultimate sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. This year’s Climb was held at the “Renaissance Tower” in downtown Sacramento
Over 3,000 runners took to the streets In Downtown Sacramento for the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk to give those who vowed to “Never Forget” the opportunity to exercise that vow. The 5K will started at 9:11. At the finish of the 5K, American flags were handed to runners as they crossed the line. Each flag represents an American who lost their life on 9/11/2001. Runners carried the flag they were given and will placed it in the grass in the “Tribute in the Park”.
Each American Flag was placed next to a name plate engraved with the name of an American who did not return home. Nearly 3000 flags stand united in the grass as a tribute to those that were lost.
This afternoon The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento presented a "Decade of Remembrance" at the east steps of the Capitol. Speakers included State of California Dept. of Justice Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, City of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and Director Sacramento County & Sacramento City OES, Chief Rick Martinez.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, local Life Scout Alexander Aprea erected a sculpture memorial representing one one-hundredth the size of the Twin Towers including a steel piece from the wreckage.
The dedication ceremony was held today at Cesar Chavez Plaza. The sculpture exhibits two 13-foot-tall industrial steel I-beams representing the Twin Towers and an actual 1-foot-by-3-foot piece of steel from the wreckage in between the two taller I-beams.
The day ended with two flyovers the Capitol building and a candlelight vigil. The ceremony was led by former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGuiness and included Rep. Tom McClintock and other officials.
First responders, as well as the FBI, were acknowledged for immediate and follow up work surrounding the attacks.