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Cal Expo hosts 9/11 Memorial service Monday

A visitor reaches into touch the floating granite ball, inscribed with the names of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, at Cal Expo’s permanent 9/11 Memorial.
A visitor reaches into touch the floating granite ball, inscribed with the names of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, at Cal Expo’s permanent 9/11 Memorial. Bee File Photo

On the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Cal Expo will open its 9/11 Memorial on Monday free to the public.

A memorial service will be held, starting at 7 a.m. Commander Julie Baumgartner of the Veterans Affiliated Council of Sacramento County will officiate. Enter the fairgrounds through the Main Gate and follow signs to the 9/11 Memorial. Parking also will be free.

After the morning service, the 9/11 Memorial will be open to visitors until 4 p.m. Monday. Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.

Cal Expo’s permanent 9/11 Memorial features a 125,000-pound I-beam from the World Trade Center, as well as a fountain with a granite sphere inscribed with the names of all 2,977 victims who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

According to Cal Expo, it’s the largest Sept. 11 memorial on the West Coast.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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