On September 11, 2001 approximately 2,977 lives were lost due to the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines flight 93. It is critical that we never forget the victims that lost their lives, and those first responders who sacrificed themselves to save the lives of others. We are so lucky to live in a country where strangers are willing to put so much on the line to protect us, and it’s important to take time on the anniversary of that tragedy to reflect on their sacrifices.
This year, a 9/11 Remembrance and Resource Fair was put on by the Blue Star Families and American Legion Auxiliary on September 9th. It was my honor to be a part of their event and to present the San Diego North County Blue Star Mothers and other participants with certificates of recognition. The San Diego North County Blue Star Mothers celebrated their 75th anniversary.
The resource fair was organized to connect military families with service providers that offer childcare, crisis management, education, employment, food, housing assistance, or mental health counseling.
On Monday, September 11, around 100 people showed up to our eighth annual 9/11 memorial ceremony to honor the victims and fallen heroes of the 2001 attack. You can watch the video by Chris Shaffer here: https://youtu.be/qpidiV83H1w.
I’m so grateful for the work of Grossmont College, Steele Canyon High School ASB, and my staff to put together this moving tribute.
The Steele Canyon High School Show Choir led the National Anthem.
This is Josh Powell’s third year participating in our 9/11 memorial ceremony, Josh is from Steele Canyon High School’s ASB. This year Josh spoke about his experience helping out with the event in the past and why he continues to help year after year. Josh said, “Throughout my years working on this event, I find it really touching to know so many people still care about what has happened in our nation’s history and has touched so many lives.”
Bill’s story had a theme of selflessness to it. In sharing his personal story, he made sure to include the names of the people that helped him whether it be to provide shelter, clothing, or food. He even made sure he recognized the airline worker who helped him get a flight home. In one account, he shared the story of a Starbucks manager who, “was all but dragging persons off the street, letting us clean in the best way possible… He even gave everybody whatever they wanted without charge, which was mostly drinking water.”
The ceremony was concluded with two CAL FIRE trucks solemnly raising the American flag in tribute.
I would like to say thank you to the following people and organizations, we would not have been able to put this event on without the help of my outstanding community.
- Grossmont College
- Colonel Hungerford who is in charge of Morse High School’s Junior ROTC
- CAL FIRE San Diego
- Steele Canyon High School Associated Student Body
- Steele Canyon High School Show Choir
- Sophia Felix, America’s Children of Fallen Heroes
- My staff, along with my team of interns all came out to put this event on for the community. Last but not least, I would like to thank Bill Hay for coming out and sharing his story of survival.
It’s an honor to serve you,
Joel Anderson, Senator
- Grossmont College honors victims of 9/11, 10News
- 9/11 Anniversary: Local ceremonies take place to honor the fallen, CBS 8 News
- 9/11 Search and Rescue team member honored, East County Gazette (Page 2)
- Senator Joel Anderson’s 8th Annual 9/11 Ceremony, East County Herald
- Nearly 3,000 flags planted at Grossmont College to honor lives lost on 9/11, KUSI News
- 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Chris Shaffer