The eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attacks will be marked at somber ceremonies around San Diego on Friday.
Taps will be played in Del Mar at Powerhouse Park at 6 p.m. and Mayor Crystal Crawford will speak at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers began planting flags early Friday morning in memory of each victim of the attacks.
In Carmel Valley, Rabbi David Kornberg will lead a Shabbat of remembrance at Congregation Beth Am, accompanied by a musical performance by Yochanan Sebastian Winston and his band. For more information, visit www.betham.com.
At UCSD, the anniversary was marked by a ringing of the carillon and a moment of silence just after noon on Friday. Scott Paulson of Geisel Library's Art Library composed a three-minute special carillon peal to commemorate the occasion.
John Will, chair of the UCSD Veterans Association, placed a wreath at the base of the 9/11 commemorative tree on Warren Mall at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning.
The University of San Diego will pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed during the terrorist attacks with moments of prayer and reflection.
There will also be a 12:15 p.m. Mass.
Aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, officials will read the names of the victims of the attack beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event also will feature a 21-gun salute and a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department helicopter flyover.
Hundreds will later march through San Diego's Balboa Park during the third annual "Freedom Walk" to reflect on the lives lost during the terrorist strikes, which claimed about 600 more lives than the number of people killed in the surprise Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
The "Freedom Walk" event, sponsored by Operation Homefront, is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Garden. Retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Len Herring will be the guest speaker at the event.
On Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers slammed two airliners into the World Trade Center in New York. Both buildings later collapsed with hundreds trapped inside. A third plane slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a fourth crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers acted to thwart the terrorists' plans to crash it into a Washington, D.C., landmark, believed to have been the Capitol or the White House.
City News Service and staff report.