London Bridge Beach Park was packed with people, patriotism, pomp and circumstance on Wednesday at the 9/11 Rededication Ceremony.
Between 200 and 300 people came together for the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania to remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day.
After an opening prayer lead by Sisto Sandoval, the colors were presented by the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Lake Havasu City Fire Department, and the Lake Havasu City Police Department.
There was also a special appearance by the Native Air Service which flew over the ceremony in a helicopter during the National Anthem, sung by Thunderbolt School teacher Jeff Young.
The Lake Havasu City Fire Department held a bell ceremony to honor the emergency response workers who died that day, the Marine Corp League held a flag folding ceremony, and Gold Star Moms Mona Hester and Lori Deysie laid a wreath with the words “Always Remember” at the center of the memorial.
Guest speakers this year were Mayor Cal Sheehy and Veteran’s Court Magistrate Mitchell Kalauli.
The Rededication Ceremony was also peppered with patriotic music throughout the event. Veteran’s Court bagpiper James Glover played “Amazing Grace,” the Lake Havasu High School Chorus sang “America the Beautiful,” and “God Bless America” was sang by the Starline Elementary School Patriot Club.
After a 21-gun salute provided by members of the Marine Corps League and V.F.W. Post 9401, Jerry Reiten and Dennis Dickey wrapped up the ceremony with a rendition of “Taps.”