September 11th - LA Remembers America's Heroes....
City of Los Angeles is in the process of planning several events
honoring all of those who were affected by the events of September
One of the activities in the planning stages include a rolling
caravan of vehicles traveling through the City during the days
leading up to the one-year anniversary, carrying mementos, poems,
and artwork, all tributes to the fallen heroes of the tragic
On September 11, 2002, on the south lawn of City Hall, at 11:30
am, a memorial service will be held, attended by the Mayor and
other City officials. After the memorial service, a foot procession
will proceed to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral for a one-hour
interfaith remembrance service.
These events are open to all who wish to join us in honoring
the heroes of September 11.
Commemorating September 11th
REMARKS BY MAYOR JIM HAHN
AUGUST 12, 2002
Eleven months ago, the City of Los Angeles and its residents joined
with New York and the rest of the nation in mourning the tragic
events of September 11th. With 3 of the crashed airplanes headed
for Los Angeles, and L.A. City Firefighters sent to New York to
help in the rescue efforts, the impacts of this day hold a great
significance for Los Angeles and our residents. And as we approach
the one-year mark, we are planning several opportunities for the
people of Los Angeles to participate in remembrance events throughout
Because the events of September 11th affect all of us in many different
ways, I feel that it is important that our remembrance ceremonies
and events provide anyone who wishes several opportunities to participate.
The primary memorial will be a rolling processional of vehicles,
which will begin in the Valley at 5:46 am, traveling throughout
the entire City of Los Angeles, and ending in San Pedro. We have
set up a website - www.LAREMEMBERS.org -- which, I urge you to check
to find out about the most updated information on the processional
route and the day's events.
The processional will include 2 police vehicles, a fire truck, a
military vehicle, and an American Red Cross van. These vehicles
represent the many heroes of September 11th, the selfless first
responders, as well as the countless individuals and non-profit
agencies that helped us to heal and pick up the pieces of a shattered
time in our history. Also as a part of the processional, will be
a mobile collage. The collage is an opportunity for all Angelenos
to express their thoughts and pay tribute to our heroes. I invite
all residents to submit their tributes on an 8 ½ X 11 or smaller
piece of paper, or submit a personalized LA REMEMBERS HEART, which
can be either downloaded from the website, or picked up at every
city council office and fire station. In order for us to put the
collage together, I ask that those wishing to submit a tribute do
so before September 2nd at any local fire station. Please know,
however, none of the submissions will be returned, as the collage
will go on display at the Fire Fighters Museum in Hollywood after
At 11:30 am, a memorial ceremony will be held on the South steps
of City Hall. The ceremony will include a moment of silence at 12:00
pm and be followed by a march to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels
for an inter-faith memorial service. An honor guard, consisting
of Police and Fire department representatives, and civic leaders,
will lead the march. The processional and mobile collage will join
the honor guard.
So that the greatest numbers of Los Angeles residents have the opportunity
to be included in the memorial events, I am asking bells in churches,
synagogues, mosques, schools, and other institutions throughout
the city to ring at 5:46 am - the time when the first plane struck
the first tower. Arrangements have been made for the Coliseum's
Memorial Flame to be lit as a remembrance for all those who lost
their lives as result of the events of September 11th. And, the
historic Lindbergh Beacon atop City Hall will be illuminated at
sunset. The beacon will sweep the Los Angeles sky until midnight.
It's light will serve to signify the rays of hope for peace here
at home and throughout the world.
MAYOR HAHN AND CITY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE PLAN
FOR LOS ANGELES COMMEMORATION OF SEPTEMBER 11
They invite Los Angeles residents to contribute remembrances for
memorial collage ...
ANGELES, August 12, 2002
Mayor Jim Hahn today announced "L.A. Remembers," the City of Los
Angeles's program commemorating the terrorist attacks of September
11, 2001. L.A. Remembers will include a procession of emergency
vehicles that will travel across the city, a noontime moment of
silence to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks, and a sunset
ceremony of tribute at the Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro.
The L.A. Remembers procession will include fire and police vehicles
as well as a mobile collage. Los Angeles residents are encouraged
to contribute to the collage by creating a remembrance no larger
than 8½" by 11" such as a photo, painting, or poem or by signing
an "L.A. Remembers" postcard which will be available at local fire
stations, city council offices, and online at www.laremembers.org.
Remembrances may be dropped off at any local fire station or mailed
to: L.A. Remembers, City Hall Room 303, 200 N. Spring Street., Los
Angeles, CA, 90012. Items must be delivered by September 2, 2002
and will NOT be returned. After September 11, the collage will be
displayed at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial
"The tragic events of September 11 left a profound scar on the nation
and Los Angeles," said Mayor Hahn. "With three of the crashed airplanes
headed for Los Angeles, and the men and women from our fire department
sent to New York to help in the rescue efforts, the impacts of this
day hold a great significance for Los Angeles and our residents.
It is important that our remembrance ceremonies provide Los Angeles
residents with several opportunities to participate in events throughout
In addition, Los Angeles residents are invited to participate in
a lunchtime ceremony at City Hall that will culminate with a moment
of silence at noon on September 11. The event will begin at 11:30
a.m. and take place on the South Lawn of City Hall (First Street
between Spring and Main Streets). Following the moment of silence,
participants will be invited to join a walking procession to the
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for an interfaith service.
L.A. Remembers will begin on September 11, 2002 with the ringing
of church bells across the city at 5:46 a.m. PST. Information on
additional events and the route of the procession will be announced
in the coming weeks. Information will be made available to the public
on the www.laremembers.org website. "Los Angeles continues to be
touched by the tragic events of September 11, and moved by the generosity
and compassion across the nation," said City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.
"As we approach the 1-year anniversary of this solemn event, I invite
all Angelenos to lend their creativity and imaginations in contribution
to the L.A. Remembers project as we join those across our country
remembering our fallen heroes."
"One single, solitary day, September 11, was designed to bring America
to its knees," said Controller Laura Chick. "It took our breath
away but not our resolve. From that day we have become stronger
as a nation. It is so important to remember that day and stand together.
Mayor Hahn's leadership in developing L.A. Remembers will enable
all Angelenos to share a part of their hearts and join together
"Our hearts and our prayers continue to go out to the families of
the victims of the events of September 11, 2001," said Council President
Alex Padilla. "As we reflect on the past year, we are stronger as
a nation, and together, we will continue to protect the values of
freedom and democracy that we have cherished in this great nation
for more than 200 years. May God bless America."
"For many of us, the tragic events of September 11 seem as though
they just happened yesterday," said Councilman Ed Reyes. "Our entire
nation was impacted in a manner that is beyond words. This effort
set forth by the Mayor is appropriate because it shows that as a
city, Los Angeles continues to mourn and to remember."
"Next month we will honor the memory of those lost on September
11 and we will celebrate the heroes who risked their lives to save
others," said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel.
"We stand one city and nation united in remembrance of those innocent
victims of 9/11. They will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
May their families and friends find peace at this most difficult
time of remembrance," said Councilman Dennis Zine.
"I encourage all Angelenos to contribute to the L.A. Remembers project.
Through L.A. Remembers, we can demonstrate to the world that our
solidarity as a country and a community has not been affected by
the passing of time," said Councilman Tom LaBonge.
"Since I visited Ground Zero in October, I have felt very deeply
that we must ensure that the memory of those who were tragically
taken from us is kept alive and honored with dignity and respect,"
said Councilman Jack Weiss.
"It's important for us to remember that we are one nation, indivisible,
and responsible to one another," said Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.
"Through this commemoration, I hope the people of Los Angeles will
show their solidarity with the people of New York and Washington,
DC," said Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. "Every American has been
affected by the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of September 11
and it is important we all reflect on its impact. The City's mobile
collage will be an opportunity for every resident to respectfully
"On September 11, 2002, we join those effected by the tragic events
of 9/11 to pay homage to the men and women who lost their lives,"
said Councilwoman Jan Perry. "This will be an opportunity to for
our city to come together with the rest of the nation to remember
and reflect on the tragic events of last year and continue a valuable
and necessary healing process."
"The solidarity that was demonstrated following the September 11
massacre, is a clear indication of how the American people feel
about their freedom," said Councilman Nate Holden. "I support the
mobile and urge everyone in Los Angeles to contribute to it through
photos, poems, paintings or a postcard. This is one way to illustrate
the depth of our feelings for our country and to remember those
who lost their lives on that fateful day last year."
"I urge members of each community from across the City of Los Angeles
to participate in this important remembrance of a day that has affected
all our lives," said Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski. "Take a moment
to visit your local fire station or Council office and share your
thoughts about the firefighters, police officers, medical personnel
and the people of New York City as well as those whose lives were
lost or forever changed by the events September 11, 2001."
"It is important for all citizens of Los Angeles to show their support
for the people of New York and Washington, D.C., and the United
States of America," said Councilman Hal Bernson. "These programs
are an appropriate way for us to participate."
"I encourage all Angelenos to join us in remembering those we lost
on September 11," said Councilman Eric Garcetti. "Uniting as a city
to honor their memories is an important part of the healing process."
"I encourage the residents to participate in remembrance in our
traveling tribute. I believe it's a great way to show friendship
and unity to communities across our city," said Councilman Nick
"Together we will express our support and love for New York City
and the victims of September 11, while displaying our strength and
unity as a city," said Councilwoman Janice Hahn. "The mobile collage
is an excellent opportunity for each Angelino to make his or her
own contribution to the memory of that tragic day."
For current status of event planning please go to:
( http://www.laremembers.org )