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Runners, climbers, flags to mark 9/11 in capital area

Sacramento 9/11 Memorial stair climb begins

Firefighters from across Northern California are participating in the eighth annual 9/11 Memorial Climb at the Renaissance Tower in downtown Sacramento.
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Firefighters from across Northern California are participating in the eighth annual 9/11 Memorial Climb at the Renaissance Tower in downtown Sacramento.

A series of events will take place Sunday in the Sacramento region to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks 15 years later:

▪ The Cal Expo 9/11 Memorial will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The permanent exhibit features a 125,000-pound I-beam from the World Trade Center, as well as a fountain with a granite sphere that includes the names of all the Sept. 11 victims. Cal Expo says it is the largest Sept. 11 memorial on the West Coast. This year, the memorial will feature two videos: one of survivors, family and first responders sharing their memories of Sept. 11, and another describing how Cal Expo’s memorial was built. Four Boy Scout troops will arrive at 7 a.m. to place 3,000 American flags in front of Cal Expo’s main gate; at 8:30 a.m., they will participate in a flag-raising ceremony with Cal Expo police. For more information: http://calexpo.com/september-11-memorial-plaza.

▪ A 9/11 Run to Remember 5K will take place at 9:11 a.m., starting on Capitol Mall near Sixth Street. Organizers are collecting socks, foot powder, deodorant, powdered drink mix and beef jerky to send to troops overseas. The event benefits the Sacramento Area Firefighters Widows and Orphans Fund; Team Red, White and Blue; and The Heroes Connection. After the 5K, runners will receive American flags to place at a tribute site on Capitol Mall between Sixth and Seventh streets. For more information: www.sac911run.com/event-info/event-info.

▪ Rocklin Patriot Day will feature police and fire demonstrations, high school bands and other performances. The sixth annual event honors public safety officials and military personnel. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Johnson Springview Park, 5480 Fifth St., Rocklin. For more information: www.rocklinpatriotday.com.

▪ Firefighters from across Northern California will participate in the eighth annual 9/11 Memorial Climb at the Renaissance Tower in downtown Sacramento, starting around 8:20 a.m. Lt. Ray McCormack of the New York City Fire Department will share what Sept. 11 means to him before firefighters climb 110 stories in turnout gear. Each will bear the name of a fallen firefighter, with all the climbers covering their own names on their gear. At the end of the climb, the final bell will be rung as firefighters place each name on a 9/11 memorial. Only firefighters will be allowed in the stairwells.

▪ The annual West Sacramento 9/11 Memorial Flag Tribute is on display at Jefferson Boulevard and South River Road. John Vinson began the project several years ago, and his display has attracted volunteers from the community who help set up the flags.

▪ The Folsom Police Department and Folsom Fire Department will host a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to honor victims of the attacks. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at City Park behind the Folsom City Library, near the gazebo.

John Vinson has been commemorating the Sept. 11 terror attacks for more than a decade in West Sacramento. The memorial at South River Road and Jefferson Boulevard draws crowds in the thousands.

Pictures allow us to remember what we feel, and until you review the pictures from that horrific day and the weeks following, it's easy to forget what that day felt like. This is a reminder.

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