9/11 memorials around Merced County

Events and commemorations for the anniversary of the greatest American tragedy in recent memory are planned around Merced County today.

Some of the events act as memorials to remember the 2,800 people in the twin towers, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, as well as the 400 first responders, who died in the suicide attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Other events are a call to unify people and make the world a better place.

•  The third annual 9/11 Remembrance Day Parade in Merced put on by the American Patriot Chrome Cowboys, a motorcycle group of veterans, is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. The parade will start at G and Main streets before progressing through downtown and heading north to Courthouse Park.

•  The city of Atwater’s 13th annual Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance ceremony is set for 6 p.m. in front of City Hall, 750 Bellevue Road. The Atwater High School band is scheduled to play, and organizers will offer refreshments.

•  The Pacheco High School Music Department plans a veterans concert at 7 p.m. in the school’s theater, 200 Ward Road in Los Banos. Children younger than 10 and veterans will be admitted free. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call (209) 827-4506.

•  The Sikh Student Association of UC Merced will host the “We Are One” program to show support, and remember and commemorate the events of 9/11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the library at UC Merced, 5200 Lake Road. An information booth is planned, organizers said, to show the solidarity of the Sikh community and raise awareness to eliminate common misconceptions and misunderstandings that can lead to hate crimes.

•  The UC Merced Office of Student Life is planning to organize students, staff and faculty to take part in the National Day of Service and Remembrance with a cleanup at Lake Yosemite from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers recommend volunteers stay for as long as they can. For more information, email

•  Mitchell Senior Elementary School’s 870 students are gathering in front of the Fifth Street campus’s flagpole in Atwater at 7:20 a.m. School staff said the Thunderbird marching band will play the national anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Language arts teacher Allison Rogers will read a poem she composed about the terrorist attacks.