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9/11 victims remembered at numerous area memorials

September 11, 2012 |  9:22 am

A Fullerton firefighter has put together a memorial in front of his home to personally recognize those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Apparatus Engineer Scott Townley of the Orange County Fire Authority spent 11 hours putting up the memorial.

He's been setting it up every year since the terrorist attacks.

The tribute consists of 343 hand-made wooden crosses that are painted with the names and battalions of the New York firefighters who lost their lives.

There are also 3,000 small flags -- one for every person that died on Sept. 11.

This year, Townley has also added crosses for the first responders who are now dying from cancer and other diseases.

Over the years, his front-yard memorial has become a gathering spot for people who come to reflect on the tragedy and remember the fallen.

Townley said that when he puts up the memorial, he thinks about "the sheer numbers and the senseless act of terrorism and how many lives it took."

"Did this person have a family? Did they have kids?" he asked. "What kind of life did they lead? What were they doing that day when their lives were taken in just a moment's notice?"

Numerous other memorials are planned Tuesday, including:

In North Hollywood, 250 U.S. military veterans and volunteers are marking the anniversary by helping to clean up the North Hollywood Apartments, which serves as temporary housing for veterans transitioning back into civilian life. The effort is organized by the Volunteers of America Los Angeles and The Mission Continues.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority will host a grand opening ceremony for the commmunity terrace at the new Grand Park. They'll also hold a moment of silence with an honor guard processional.

In Beverly Hills, the city will lay a wreath at an 1,800-pound structural beam from the World Trade Center in New York City at the Memorial Garden in the Civic Center, 445 N. Rexford Drive. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Loma Linda Fire Department also received a piece of steel from the World Trade Center and they will be unveiling a 9/11 memorial. The event is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 11325 Loma Linda Drive.


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