September 6, 2002

September 11th Observance

Chula Vista Hosts Special Patriot’s Day Observance on Sept. 11

The City of Chula Vista will host a Patriot’s Day observance on Sept. 11, 2002 in memory of last year’s terror attacks and to honor those who participated in operation Enduring Freedom. This moving event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Memorial Bowl and will feature patriotic songs and music; comments from Mayor Shirley Horton, local police, fire and military representatives; and a release of doves symbolizing the hope for peace. The Patriot’s Day event is free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

Memorial Bowl is located in Memorial Park, 373 Park Way, between Third and Fourth Ave. in downtown Chula Vista. Free parking is available in the parking garage behind FuddRucker’s and Marie Callendar’s which can be accessed from Third Avenue of F. Street.

September 11 Remembrance Service

The one-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America is just a few days away. You’re invited to attend a special Remembrance Service on September 11th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm sponsored by the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Inland North County to be held at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of San Marcos.

The service will remember those who died and hold out hope to those who live. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you in part of this Remembrance Service on September 11th at 7:00 pm at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of San Marcos located at 1 Positive Place, San Marcos.

September 11 — A Day of Remembrance in Balboa Park

Seeking to unite with the community during the solemn and patriotic observance of the anniversary of September 11, the cultural institutions of Balboa Park join with the American Association of Museums to honor America’s freedoms in A Day of Remembrance. The American Association of Museums (AAM) encouraged museums across the United States —from art to zoo— to make a powerful statement about the richness of the American spirit throughout the nation in commemoration of the September 11 attack.

Prior to, and following, San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy’s San Diego Patriots Day ceremony in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion at 12 noon, several Balboa Park cultural institutions will offer free or reduced admission. In addition, a number of museums will have exhibits and activities reflecting the nation’s emotion and patriotism following September 11.

With the beautiful gardens as backdrop for contemplation and quiet meditation, or the museums and other cultural attractions as special places where families can reaffirm unity and strength, the goal of A Day of Remembrance is to honor the freedoms of our nation. “Balboa Park has provided generations of San Diegans with a place to gather during times of extraordinary events,” notes San Diego Aerospace Museum director, Bruce Bleakley, “and it is fitting that the cultural institutions in the Park join with museums across the nation to offer themselves as a center for community and family life, and as a forum for reflection.”

U.S. Navy ships to hoist “Don’t Tread On Me” flag during 9/11

San Diego, 32nd Street Naval Station — The U.S. Navy is drawing upon its rich history to honor the Americans killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks and to keep honoring them as the Navy carries out the war on terrorism. The morning of September 11 the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag will be hoisted on every ship in the U.S. Navy.

The flag, which was first employed by the Continental Navy in 1775, consists of a rattlesnake superimposed across 13 alternating red and white stripes with the motto gracing across the flag. Commodore Esek Hopkins used the hoisting of the Navy jack, as it is called, as a signal to engage the British in the American Revolution. The temporary substitution of the jack in today’s fleet represents a historic reminder of the nation’s and Navy’s origin, and will to preserve and triumph.

The first Navy jack will be ceremonially delivered to USS Rushmore (LSD 47) Thursday morning at 11:30.

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