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Santa Monica Fire Stations to Mark 9/11 With Ceremonies Tuesday Morning
By Jorge Casuso
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.
In the coming days, Santa Monica would mourn two of their own.
Menchaca, a medical researcher, was on American Airlines Flight 77, which flew out of Dulles International Airport in Washington and crashed into the Pentagon.
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.
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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