Brawley Holds 9/11 Memorial Service

Keynote speaker Imperial County Sheriff Ray Loera.


BRAWLEY — The Brawley Veteran’s Honor Wall Committee (BVHWC) and the city of Brawley held a 9/11 memorial service for the events that took place on September 11, 2001, at the Plaza Park Veterans Memorial Wall Sunday evening.

Speakers included Imperial County Sheriff Ray Loera, Brawley Police Chief Michael Crankshaw, Brawley Fire Chief Chuck Peraza, and Brawley Mayor Donnie Wharton.

“This is a day of remembrance for the events that occurred on September 11, 2001,” said Wharton. “The numbers ‘9-11’ have forever changed in American history. Many of us remember where we were, what we were doing, and whom we were with. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was that generation’s Day of Infamy, this is our generation’s Day of Infamy. We are here to remember the just shy of 3,000 Americans that lost their lives on that day. Within that number, 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers, men and women in uniform, rushed in to save lives. We come together as Americans to say we will never forget. I proclaim today, on behalf of Brawley, the citizens, and the Valley, that we will not forget.”

Keynote speaker was Imperial County Sheriff Ray Loera.

“The attacks of September 11, 2001, have indelibly shaped our lives,” said Loera. “The attack of another nation on our military instillation in Pearl Harbor in 1941 contrasts to the organization of terrorists, not operating under the flag of any one nation, attacking thousands of unsuspecting, innocent men and women. It was our way of life that was attacked. Our way of life that embraces freedom and democracy. Our American spirit is defined by our ability to reach out and help others, even in times of unthinkable crisis. Like the hundreds of policeman and firefighters that ran into the two burning towers to bring thousands to safety. Fifteen years later, we are still dealing with terrorists that mean to do us harm. We gather here to ensure that those who gave full measure have not died in vain.”

The well-attended event featured Sandra Taylor singing the National Anthem. The color guard was made up of local veterans. Taps was played by Sal Ortiz.

Those in attendance were given candles to place at the foot of the Veteran’s Wall at the close of the remembrance service.

Ramon Castro of the BVHWC, emceed the event, introducing dignitaries and speakers for the evening.

The Brawley City Council was in attendance. Brawley City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore and Brawley Parks and Recreation Director Pat Dorsey helped serve refreshments.

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