Wednesday marks 18 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and many local agencies will be hosting special events to recognize the somber anniversary.
In Lompoc, the fire department will hold 9/11 remembrance ceremonies at both city fire stations starting at 6:50 a.m. The flags will be lowered to half-staff and a moment of silence will be observed.
In Santa Maria, the fire department will hold a simple ceremony at each fire station in the city. Starting at 7:20 a.m., fire trucks will be pulled out in front of each station, there will be brief remarks, a moment of silence, and the U.S. flag will be lowered.
A Day of Remembrance ceremony will be held at the San Luis Obispo World Trade Center Memorial starting at 8 a.m. It's located at Fire Station 1 on Santa Barbara Ave. The program will include presentations by local students.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will also host brief ceremonies at each of its 16 fire stations at 9 a.m. that include a moment of silence and the lowering of the flag to half-staff.
Ampsurf will hold a paddle out to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. It takes place at 9:30 a.m. at the Addie Street beach access in Pismo Beach.
In Grover Beach, a ceremony to "Remember, Reflect and Honor" the victims of 9/11 will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Ramona Garden Park. The program will include speakers, youth singers, a peace walk, and refreshments.