Anderson 360 News Update: September 11

Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear Friends,

On September 11, 2001 approximately 2,977 lives were lost due to the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines flight 93. It is critical that we never forget the victims that lost their lives, and those first responders who sacrificed themselves to save the lives of others. We are so lucky to live in a country where strangers are willing to put so much on the line to protect us, and it’s important to take time on the anniversary of that tragedy to reflect on their sacrifices.

This year, a 9/11 Remembrance and Resource Fair was put on by the Blue Star Families and American Legion Auxiliary on September 9th. It was my honor to be a part of their event and to present the San Diego North County Blue Star Mothers and other participants with certificates of recognition. The San Diego North County Blue Star Mothers celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Photo of Senator Anderson presenting a Senate certificate of recognition

The resource fair was organized to connect military families with service providers that offer childcare, crisis management, education, employment, food, housing assistance, or mental health counseling.

Photo of Senator Anderson at the Military OneSource information area

On Monday, September 11, around 100 people showed up to our eighth annual 9/11 memorial ceremony to honor the victims and fallen heroes of the 2001 attack. You can watch the video by Chris Shaffer here:

I’m so grateful for the work of Grossmont College, Steele Canyon High School ASB, and my staff to put together this moving tribute.

Photo of Morse High School Junior ROTC drummers
Photo by CAL FIRE

Morse High School Junior ROTC brought their Color Guard and two drummers from their Drum Corp.

Photo of Morse High School Junior ROTC Color Guard
Photo by CAL FIRE

Photo of Steele Canyon High School Show Choir

The Steele Canyon High School Show Choir led the National Anthem.

Photo of Grossmont College President, Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh
Photo by the East County Herald

Grossmont College President, Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh led the Pledge of Allegiance and shared that he is proud to hold this event at Grossmont College.

Photo of Madison, an Executive Legislative Intern for Senator Anderson
Photo by CAL FIRE

CAL FIRE’s Assistant Chief Darrin Howell spoke about the professionalism of the first responders, and recognized the hundreds that lost their lives doing their jobs.

Photo of Josh Powell
Photo by the East County Herald

Madison is an Executive Legislative Intern for my office and was responsible for coordinating this year’s 9/11 memorial ceremony. She talked about the fear she had as a young girl when talking about 9/11 but came to the realization that, “The reason that we come together on September 11, is not to go back to that place of fear, but to remember those innocent people who lost their lives.”

Photo of Bill Hay, a 9/11 survivor

This is Josh Powell’s third year participating in our 9/11 memorial ceremony, Josh is from Steele Canyon High School’s ASB. This year Josh spoke about his experience helping out with the event in the past and why he continues to help year after year. Josh said, “Throughout my years working on this event, I find it really touching to know so many people still care about what has happened in our nation’s history and has touched so many lives.”

Photo by CAL FIRE

Bill Hay, a 9/11 survivor shared his story. Bill declaimed “All American lives have been touched in some way shape or form. I was one of the lucky ones.”

Bill’s story had a theme of selflessness to it. In sharing his personal story, he made sure to include the names of the people that helped him whether it be to provide shelter, clothing, or food. He even made sure he recognized the airline worker who helped him get a flight home. In one account, he shared the story of a Starbucks manager who, “was all but dragging persons off the street, letting us clean in the best way possible… He even gave everybody whatever they wanted without charge, which was mostly drinking water.”

Photo of Senator Anderson at a Community Coffee event
Photo from Instagram (@honeybellas)

Sophia Felix is the San Diego Chapter President of America’s Children of Fallen Heroes. Sophia, along with other volunteers from America’s Children of Fallen Heroes set up a table for attendees of the ceremony to write letters to those who have lost a parent serving in the United States Armed Forces and First Responders.

The ceremony was concluded with two CAL FIRE trucks solemnly raising the American flag in tribute.

Photo of fire truck ladder with the American flag

I would like to say thank you to the following people and organizations, we would not have been able to put this event on without the help of my outstanding community.

  • Grossmont College
  • Colonel Hungerford who is in charge of Morse High School’s Junior ROTC
  • CAL FIRE San Diego
  • Steele Canyon High School Associated Student Body
  • Steele Canyon High School Show Choir
  • Sophia Felix, America’s Children of Fallen Heroes
  • My staff, along with my team of interns all came out to put this event on for the community

Last but not least, I would like to thank Bill Hay for coming out and sharing his story of survival.

It’s an honor to serve you,
Joel Anderson

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