SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Fire Department will hold its annual remembrance ceremony honoring those whose lives were lost during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 marks 18 years since those attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In a press release to Canyon News, SMFD Public Information Officer Patrick Nulty noted that four local community fire stations will participate during the event. The events on 9/11 led to the deaths of 2,977 people, 343 who were firefighters, 60 who were police officers and 8 who were private EMT or paramedics.

To honor their memories and sacrifice, the Santa Monica Fire Department will hold its ceremony consistent with the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ recommended protocols. City staff, as well as the public, and neighbors of the SMFD fire stations, are encouraged to attend any of the fire stations listed below, promptly at 6:45 a.m. The ceremony is not expected to last beyond 20 minutes.

-Station 1 1444 7th Street.

-Station 2 222 Hollister Avenue.

-Station 3 1302 19th Street.

-Station 5 2450 Ashland Avenue.

An artifact from the Ground Zero site resides on the second floor of the Public Safety Facility located at 333 Olympic Drive, outside the Santa Monica Fire Department’s administration office. It is open for viewing by the public during normal business hours.