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Santa Monica Fire Stations to Mark 9/11 With Ceremonies Tuesday Morning


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September 10, 2018 -- On Tuesday, Santa Monica firefighters will honor the memories of those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the east coast that hit close to home in a California beach city 2,800 miles away.

Santa Monica residents are invited to participate in ceremonies that will be held at four fire stations at 6:45 a.m. to commemorate a day that would leave a lasting mark on Santa Monica, as it did on cities across the nation.
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On a Tuesday 17 years ago, more than 100 Santa Monicans gathered around the steps of City Hall and tried to make sense of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center and a section of the Pentagon ("Santa Monica Mourns," September 11, 2001).

Santa Monica prayed, grieved, gave blood and tried not to give in to the attacks by sticking to their daily routines. City offices remained open, schools were in session and the City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting ("SM Lends Aid, Continues to Function in Wake of Terrorist Attacks," September 11, 2001).

But it was clear everything had changed -- a local bookstore reported a jump in the sale of prayer books and luxury hotel rooms booked for the Emmys sat empty ("Distant Disaster Hits Home," September 12, 2001).

In the coming days, Santa Monica would mourn two of their own.
Dora Menchaca, 45, and Carolyn Beug, 48, were on board two of the doomed airliners ("Santa Monica Loses Two of Its Own," September 13, 2001).

Menchaca, a medical researcher, was on American Airlines Flight 77, which flew out of Dulles International Airport in Washington and crashed into the Pentagon.

Beug, a filmmaker and writer who devoted herself to Samohi's track team, was on American Airlines Flight 11, the plane that slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m.

Santa Monica also aided in the search for possible survivors of the attacks, which left 2,977 dead, including 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and eight paramedics.

Fire Marshal Jim Hone -- who would become Santa Monica's Fire Chief -- left for Ground Zero in a C-141 transport plane filled with 60,000 pounds of equipment and one of three California urban search and rescue teams. ("Fire Marshal Aids Rescue Efforts In New York," September 12, 2001).

An artifact from the Ground Zero site resides on the second floor of the Public Safety Facility (333 Olympic Drive) just outside the Santa Monica Fire Department’s administration office and is open for viewing by the public during normal business hours, officials said.

The four stations participating in Tuesday's ceremony are Station 1 (1444 7th Street), Station 2 (222 Hollister Avenue), Station 3 (1302 19th Street) and Station 5 (2450 Ashland Avenue).

"City staff, as well as the public, especially neighbors of our fire stations, are encouraged to attend at any of the fire stations," Fire Department officials said in a statement.


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