Remembering 9/11

Ground zero responder Michael Bradley, wife Erin and daughters Emma and Hanna look at pictures of the fallen World Trade Center.

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”.

Flags were placed next to the name of the victims.

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.

Kamala Harris spoke to the crowd from the east Capitol steps.

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.

Alex Aprea, center, is surrounded by Julien Wilson, Cody Aguilar, Isiaah Aguilar, Jonathan Wilson and Charlie McMurray.

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.

Tom McClintock speaks.

First responders, as well as the FBI, were acknowledged for  immediate and follow up work surrounding the attacks.

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September 11, 2011 | 10:54 PM
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September 12, 2011 | 12:36 PM
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September 12, 2011 | 1:03 PM

Great photos, Kati!

September 14, 2011 | 3:53 PM


Your images help us all to “Never Forget.” Thank you for capturing the spirit out on Capitol Mall… there were too few photos covering that location. When I arrived at 2pm, there were less than 200 people sharing the commemoration activities. However, the bagpipes stirred up the small crowd with a fitting ending for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

September 14, 2011 | 4:02 PM

Dear Kati,

Your moving images remind us to “Never Forget.” They are uncluttered, needing no captions for us to feel the moment.

Thank you for covering the commemoration activities on Capitol Mall. Sadly, when I arrived at 2pm, there were less than 200 people there. However, all the firefighters and bagpipers gave a fitting ending to honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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