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Remembering 9/11: Central Coast events commemorating 20 years later

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Posted at 12:29 AM, Sep 10, 2021

Saturday marks 20 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and many local agencies will be hosting special events to recognize the somber anniversary.

San Luis Obispo County

In Atascadero, a special Patriot's Day commemoration will take place at 5 p.m. in front of City Hall. After the ceremony, Atascadero firefighters will be selling exclusive remembrance t-shirts as part of a fundraising effort for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Templeton Fire and Emergency Services is hosting a 9/11 Memorial Stairclimb at the Volunteer Stadium at Templeton High School, at 1200 Main St. They invite the public who wish to make the 110-floor climb to join from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The City of Morro Bay will commemorate 9/11 and honor first responders during their 150-year celebration. The event will be held at the Morro Bay Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission costs is $1 per person.

The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department will be holding a virtual remembrance ceremony on Saturday. The public are invited to watch a recording of the ceremony, which will be available to view on the City of San Luis Obispo's YouTube page by Saturday afternoon.

In Grover Beach, the city's annual ceremonies are taking place virtually due to the pandemic. The day's events will include a special memorial flag ceremony, a virtual tour of memorabilia sharing documentation from that day. Those interested in taking part in this remembrance tribute and paying their respects can join live via the City's Facebook Page starting at 9:00 a.m.

The Dana Adobe in Nipomo will have a Heritage Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, at 671 S. Oakglen Ave., will include local history, presentations, food, local vendors and a 9/11 tribute. Admission costs $10 per person. Kids 12 and under are free.

Santa Barbara County

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.

In Santa Barbara, the sheriff's office along with other local agencies are hosting their first 9/11 Flag of Honor Across America Memorial at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. Community members are invited to join the event which starts at 9 a.m.

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.