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Shows of remembrance planned for 9/11
Local military, schools and authorities, along with the city of Barstow, will put on or participate in separate shows of remembrance Wednesday for 9/11.
The Fort Irwin National Training Center will remember 9/11 by breaking ground on a memorial site.
The groundbreaking ceremony will begin 10 a.m. on post at the intersection of Langford Lake and Barstow roads. The memorial will be dedicated to the 2,996 people who died during the terrorist attacks 12 years ago.
Fort Irwin Fire Chief Ray Smith said the memorial will incorporate artifacts from the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania when passengers tried to regain control of the plane from al Queda terrorists.
“The fire department got some artifacts from 9/11 that we want to incorporate into the memorial,” Smith said. “The goal is to have the groundbreaking this year, raise money and build it over the next 12 months and then have a dedication event next Sept. 11. We hope that it’s a place for the community to come and reflect as well as have events and ceremonies in the future.”
Following the ceremony, there will be a free screening of the short film, Bound: The Story of Fort Irwin’s Emergency Services, at the Fort Irwin Movie Theater. After the screening, a remembrance service will be held at the Center Chapel, followed by a barbecue lunch, Smith said.
Four more free screenings of the film will run throughout the day at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. After the screenings, behind-the-scenes footage of the film will be shown along with a meet-and-greet with the directors, film crew and emergency services personnel, Smith said.
Meanwhile, Barstow Community College and the Veteran’s Home of California Barstow have coordinated a remembrance to begin at 10 a.m. in the Veteran’s Home’s administration building, 100 E. Veterans Pkwy.
The city of Barstow will participate in the ceremony and not officially host their own, according to city spokesman Anthony Riley.
“The thought was rather than having a bunch of continuing events,” Riley said, “it’s easier to come together as a community and do a joint effort.”
BCC President Dr. Deborah DiThomas and Barstow Fire Protection District Captain Nick DiNapoli will be guest speakers, according to a BCC news release.
Lenwood Elementary will host its own Patriot Day Celebration at 8:30 a.m. The Marine Corps Logistics Base Color Guard will present colors during the ceremony, according to Principal Cari Mauldin.
All other schools in the Barstow Unified School District will recognize 9/11 in some fashion as well, according to Superintendent Jeff Malan.
Barstow High and Barstow Junior High schools will implement 9/11 into their curriculum for social studies and history classes, Malan said.
Schools from the neighboring Silver Valley Unified School District will also remember 9/11. Fort Irwin Middle School will hold a moment of silence and students can sign a banner in support of non-terrorism, Superintendent Marc Jackson said.
A teacher at Yermo Elementary plans to show a video montage in remembrance, Jackson said.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com and Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.