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2021: USS Midway Museum is just one of many places around San Diego county that are holding commemorations of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

20th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks commemorated with various events around the county

This year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. San Diego county has a range of events scheduled including parades, memorial runs/walks and concerts.

Evening with Heroes, Saturday, 4-8pm. Chula Vista Police Department Foundation hosts Evening with Heroes at Easton Archery Center at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, 2800 Olympic Parkway. Fundraising event helps support men, women and K-9s of the Chula Vista Police Department. Tickets are $150. This year’s event includes a special 9/11 tribute.

9/11 memorial ceremony at fire station, Saturday, 6:45am. Coronado firefighters, police, lifeguards and local military personnel hold brief 9/11 memorial ceremony at Fire Station 36, 1001 6th St., with invocation, moment of silence and symbolic ringing of the station’s bell.

Ceremony and barbecue, Saturday, 4:30pm. Brothers of 6 group host a Patriot’s Day Remembrance ceremony and barbecue at American Legion Post 149, 230 E. Park Ave. Ceremony starts 4:30 p.m. includes color guard presentation and remarks from Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara. Dinner at 5pm. Live music at 6pm. Tickets for barbecue are $10. RSVP to (760) 745-1159.

Patriot Day 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Saturday, 3pm. Fallbrook Fire Station 1, 315 Ivy St.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Saturday, 6:45-7:15am. Brief ceremony by the flagpole at the Imperial Beach City Hall, 825 Imperial Beach Blvd.

Online 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, Saturday 8:30-10:30am. National City Fire Department, Police Department and Firefighters Local 2744, hold online remembrance. Event livestream on Nat'l City and Nat;l City Firefighters Local 2744 Facebook pages. Guest speaker iBrennan Savage, retired NYFD firefighter.

9/11 Never Forget Half Marathon Run Saturday, 8:30am-noon. Oceanside Municipal Pier site of free run is dedicated to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Visit

20th anniversary ceremony, Saturday, 9am. Oceanside fire and police departments host a 9/11 remembrance at Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre as part of ceremonial “Final Mile” walk. The “last mile” walk that morning stages at 8:30 a.m. at the Civic Center flagpole at City Hall. At 8:45, the group will walk to The Strand at Surfrider to join others, then on to the amphitheater. Visit At approximately 9:03 a.m. (the time the second tower was hit), remembrance activities begin. This includse flag salute, singing of the national anthem, playing of taps,nation’s song of remembrance, and more. Police Chief Fred Armijo will emcee.

9/11 American flag unfolding, Saturday, noon. Free “We the people American flag unfolding” at Oceanside Municipal Pier in support of veterans/YMCA. Visit

9/11 remembrance, Saturday, 1pm. St. Thomas More Catholic Church presents “Moments of Silence and Music, Remembering a Historic American Day: September 11, 2001.” 1450 S. Melrose Drive. 70-minute performance features the Concordia Wind Orchestra, Presentation of Colors by Oceanside Fire Department, bagpipes playing taps and “Amazing Grace.” Suggested donation $10. CDC protocols observed. or (760) 758-4100.

56th Poway Rotary Parade, Saturday, 9am. Commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with the theme “Honoring our Community Heroes.” High school bands and equestrian units, pageant courts and first responders. Parade participants will head eastbound along Poway Road starting at 9 a.m. at Poway Road’s intersection with Pomerado Road and end at Bowron Road, near the Poway Library around 11 a.m.

9/11 Heroes Run, Saturday, 8:30am. 5K at Rancho Bernardo High School, 13010 Paseo Lucido. Event unites communities internationally with the goal to “never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th and the wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian and military.” Folks can join in person or virtually. Visit

20th Anniversary Memorial of September 11, Saturday, 2:30pm+. Tribute to fallen heroes on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, Navy Pier, 910 N. Harbor Drive. Presentation of Colors by Honor Guards, pipes and drums, national anthem, reading of first responder names and Tolling of the Bells along with emergency helicopter flyover, United States Navy Band, Twenty-one Gun Salute, taps and harbor police fireboat water display.

9/11 20th Anniversary Climb to Remember, Friday, Sept. 10, 8-9am. Participate in this stair climb with Fed Fire Team to commemorate 9/11 from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Beacon Tower, 3705 Norman Scott Road. Walk up and down one Beacon Tower for a total of 864 stairs, or complete two towers for a total of 1,728 stairs. Participants receive an event T-shirt.

9/11 Memorial Ride with Indian Motorcycle Riders, Saturday, 9am-3pm. Meet at Indian Motorcycle of San Diego, 9240 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Memorial Ride to Josie’s Hideout for lunch. Call (858) 277-0422 or visit

9/11 Patriot Ride Biggs Harley-Davidson, Saturday, rider from 10am-12:30pm. Motorcycle ride to Mount Soledad and back to remember and honor the country’s heroes. Continental breakfast at 9:30am. Biggs Harley, 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd. The Patriot Ride at 10am, and lunch from 1-3pm.

Patriot Day Firehouse Fair, Saturday 11am-4pm. Fair at the Valley Center Community Hall. A “Reading of the Names” from 9-11am at Fire Station 1, 28234 Lilac Road. Live entertainment, cornhole tournament, beer garden (Rincon Brewery), food (Optimist Club), games, pie and watermelon eating contest, cake walk and live auction. Entry fee is $5. Proceeds help pay for future Fire Station 3 on Cole Grade Road. Presale tickets available at the Lilac station and other locations.

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