Originally published September 10, 2013 at 12:44 p.m., updated September 11, 2013 at 6:17 a.m.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council took a moment of silence Tuesday to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Councilwoman Marti Emerald noted that around 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., and the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site at Shanksville, Pa., along with about 400 first-responders who "ran into danger.''
"We see our first responders every day and we assume they will keep us safe and go home at the end of their shifts to their family,'' Emerald said.
That horrific day a dozen years ago tomorrow was a reminder that's not always the case, she said.
Several events are scheduled Wednesday in San Diego in observance of the 9/11 anniversary, including:
a 9:30 a.m. blood drive at the San Diego Hall of Champions, 2131 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park, to benefit the San Diego Blood Bank;
a 10 a.m. salute to uniformed public service officials and the families, with a 788-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center among several items on display, in Balboa Park in front of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1788 El Prado;
a 10 a.m. interfaith prayer service at the University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, 5998 Alcala Park;
a 10:30 a.m. 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Cuyamaca College. 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway; and
a 2:30 p.m. memorial service on the flight deck of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum at 910 N. Harbor Drive, featuring a helicopter flyover, Harbor Police fireboat display and 21-gun salute.