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Ceremonies held to mark 9/11 attacks across California
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09:01, September 12, 2007

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Californians marked 9/11 terrorist attacks on Tuesday to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks.

"We join together today united as Californians, Americans and citizens of the greatest country in the world as we remember the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks," California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement e-mailed to Xinhua.

On that tragic day, the world watched as the U.S. was attacked in an astonishing act of terrorism, claiming the lives of nearly 3, 000 innocent people, said the governor.

"On that same day, we also witnessed great acts of heroism, as ordinary citizens, firefighters, police officers and public safety officials selflessly put their lives on the line to assist the victims, many making the ultimate sacrifice doing so," Schwarzenegger said.

"With a heavy heart, I watched proudly as our country united as one, to comfort the families and loved ones affected by this tragedy and pay tribute to our brave first responders."

The governor extended his continued prayers to the victims' families as they honored their loved ones on this sixth anniversary as well as his deepest gratitude to those serving in the line of duty who risk their lives every day to protect the citizens of this great state.

Also on Tuesday, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles police Chief William Bratton attended a remembrance ceremony in downtown.

Tonight, designated Heroes Night at Dodger Stadium, a remembrance ceremony will be held.

In other commemorative events, Los Angeles high school students will remember 9/11 with Dialogues on Freedom, a joint program of the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss and Los Angeles Fire Chief Douglas Barry will participate in a candle lighting ceremony at the Museum of Tolerance. They will be joined by Steve Silva, who survived the attack on the World Trade Center.

In the evening, a poetry reading and candle lighting ceremony will be held at the North Hollywood Park.

In a related development, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association will hold the first of two seminars on disaster preparedness.

It was six years ago today that 19 al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four airplanes, heading from the East Coast to Los Angeles and San Francisco, flew two of them into the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan and a third into the Pentagon, outside Washington, D.C.

A fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa., after its passengers and crew thwarted an effort by hijackers to send the airliner into a target in Washington -- likely the White House or the Capitol Hill.

Source: Xinhua

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