The early morning events of Sept. 11, 2001 will be remembered with an equally early commemoration ceremony this year.
Hesperia's three local government agencies — the city of Hesperia, the Hesperia Unified School District and the Hesperia Recreation and Park District — will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, behind City Hall and the Hesperia Branch Library, with a ceremony that begins at 5:30 a.m.
Officials acknowledge that the early hour of the Patriot Day event means some local residents might not make it to the ceremony.
"We just felt it was important to capture it at the time that it happened," city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy said. "To pay tribute to those that lost their lives, this was the best way to do it."
The ceremony will pause twice for moments of silence. The first will occur at 5:46 a.m., the time that American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The second moment of silence will take place at 6:02 a.m., the moment when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
The ceremony will also include a presentation of the flag by the Oak Hills High School Army Junior ROTC, the National Anthem sung by the Hesperia High School Select Choir Ensemble, speakers from all three local government agencies, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and speakers from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's and Fire Department.
Public safety and military service members are going to be at the event "in force," according to Georgia Graham, a management analyst for the city who has been part of the planning for the Patriot Day event. "I think you'll see people there with a personal connection."
For more information on Hesperia's 10th anniversary Patriot Day event, call (760) 244-5488 or visit HesperiaParks.com.
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