On Tuesday Sept. 11, the Loma Linda Fire Department unveiled a permanent 9/11 Memorial Monument that contains a steel beam recovered from the devastation at Ground Zero in New York City.
Hundreds of people came to watch and listen, and to get close to the memorial after ceremonies and tributes to the fallen.
The 9/11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon involved the hijackings of four jetliners, destruction of the World Trade Center, and claimed the lives of 2,996 people, including all the people on the planes, more than 340 firefighters, and 60 NYPD and Port Authority Police officers, according to the New York Times.
Loma Linda Fire Chief Jeff Bender spoke about how the memorial came to be, and Fire Marshal Jamie Gray introduced workers who helped build the monument.
Chief Dave Lesh of the California Task Force and Riverside City Division Chief, who responded to New York City on the day of the attacks, spoke briefly about his experience and perspective.
Other speakers Tuesday included Loma Linda Mayor Rhodes Rigsby, Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, State Assemblyman Mike Morrell and State Sen . Bob Dutton.