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Legion, VFW plan local Sept. 11 remembrance
• On Sunday, Sept. 11 at Whitmore Park
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Ceres will remember the deadly terrorist attack on the nation on Sept. 11, 2001.

The Ceres Post of the American Legion, with the assistance of the Ceres Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will conduct a Sept. 11 Memorial Service at Whitmore Park on Sunday, Sept. 11 starting at 8:30 a.m.

The service will start with a prayer from the American Legion chaplain. Legion Commander Yolanda Whited will read a brief statement. A bell will ring for the killed and missing at the four locations, followed by an Honor Guard rifle salute and taps.

Sunday marks the 21st 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. Official records indicate that 2,753 people died at the World Trade Center in New York City, 184 died at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and 256 died on the four planes. The death toll surpassed that of 2,403 who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. The Sept. 11 attacks were inflicted by 19 young Arabs acting at the behest of Islamist extremists headquartered in Afghanistan.

The public is invited to attend the remembrance ceremony. Question or further information can be obtained by emailing the Ceres Post of the American Legion at