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Ceres to host 9/11 observance
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To remember the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, Ceres will host a 9/11 Remembrance on Friday at noon and then later at 7 p.m.

Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. The attack on U.S. soil - accomplished when Islamic extremists hijacked three planes and ran them into the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania corn field - was the worst in American history. More than 2,600 people died at the World Trade Center in New York City, 125 died at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and 256 died on the four planes. The death toll surpassed that at Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. The attacks were was inflicted by 19 young Arabs acting at the behest of Islamist extremists headquartered in distant Afghanistan.

The noon event will be held at Whitmore Park, corner of Third and North streets in downtown Ceres and will be sponsored by the Ceres Department of Public Safety, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10293, and Ceres Post 491 of the American Legion. Mayor Anthony Cannella and Police Chief Art de Werk will speak.

The public is invited to the event as well as the 7 p.m. candlelight vigil at Whitmore Park.