By Lt. Brian Davi, AA/Public Information Officer
Central California Women’s Facility
September 11, 2001, is a day the nation will never forget as the tragic attack on the World Trade Center towers left a lasting mark.
In Clovis, hundreds come together to remember 9/11 at Pelco by Schneider Electric, which is a memorial event that has taken place for the past 14 years. The Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and Valley State Prison (VSP) Honor Guard Team was proud to be among the many local law enforcement, military members and firefighters to make the Central Valley’s largest memorial event a day to remember.
Beginning at 8:40 a.m., mounted police moved down the center of the event and a Marine Rifle Team took position to the east end of the memorial. The CCWF/VSP, United States Marine, Fresno Police Department, Clovis Police Department, Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and Fresno/Clovis Figherfighters Honor Guards and Flag Details surrounded the memorial.
At 8:46 a.m., actual 9-11 Radio Dispatch calls were heard for two minutes followed by sirens, growlers, Code-3 lights. Uniformed personnel were called to attention to salute the American Flag as it was lowered to half-staff.
The National Anthem was sung by Margot Kim and finished with a helicopter fly-over, bag pipers and a wreath, which was placed in the center and displayed in front of the memorial garden.
The bell sounded once for the American Airlines Flight 11, which flew into the North Tower, once for United Airlines Flight 175, which flew into the South Tower, once for American Airlines Flight 77, which flew into the Pentagon, and once for the United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed into the ground near Shanksville, Penn.
Guest speaker Andy Isolano, former New York City Firefighter, described the events he encountered during Sept. 11 and the 13 close friends and 343 fellow fighters he was never able to see again.
The Marine Rifle Team conducted the 21-gun salute as the bugler played Taps from the grassy knoll in the distance. The bag pipes and drum played Amazing Grace and the honor guard details were given the command “center face,” followed by “forward march.”
CCWF Warden Deborah K. Johnson was among the hundreds gathered in front of the memorial.
“This memorial is a remembrance of the innocent lives lost in the 9/11 attack and the many firefighters and law enforcement personnel who bravely assisted. I truly appreciate the CCWF/VSP Honor Guard Team being invited to be a part of this event today,” said Warden Johnson. “The Honor Guard Team did an excellent job representing our institutions and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.”