Anderson 360: September 11th Edition

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
THANK YOU

City of El Cajon

Steele Canyon High School Associated Student Body

Steele Canyon High School Show Choir

Morse High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard and Drum Corps

Heartland Fire & Rescue

Santee Councilmember Rob McNelis

El Cajon Valley High School

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells

Bill Earley, Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross San Diego Chapter

Michael Bradshaw, President of the San Diego Elk’s Lodge #168

Marc Bailey, Director of Innovative Digital Media Productions at National University and El Cajon Police Officer (reserve)

Lydya Shawka, El Cajon Valley High School

Allen Michael, El Cajon Valley High School

Trevor Krantz, Steele Canyon High School

Yvonne Kwan

Kaytlan Camarero

Maureen Saul

Caroline Siegel-Singh

Lava Khurshid

Katilyn Farrell

Kelsey Meksto

9/11 MEMORIAL EVENT NEWS COVERAGE

CBS News 8

YouTube (Senator Anderson Broadcast)

East County Herald

East County Californian

NBC San Diego

Grossmont Union High School District Superintendent’s Newsline

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Dear Friends,

Katie Downing, an incredible Executive Intern in my office, did a fantastic job organizing our community 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. Over 100 of you came out to El Cajon’s Centennial Plaza to take part in this year’s event, co-hosted by the City of El Cajon.

Here is CW6 San Diego’s video from the memorial ceremony set up that Katie organized.
Here is CW6 San Diego’s video from the memorial ceremony set up that Katie organized.

Katie Downing (speaking) is a political science student at Grossmont College who spent the last two months in my office planing this memorial ceremony.<
Katie Downing (speaking) is a political science student at Grossmont College who spent the last two months in my office planing this memorial ceremony.

Students in the Morse High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) perform on their percussion instruments while Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Eric Hungerford salutes the American flag.
Students in the Morse High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) perform on their percussion instruments while Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Eric Hungerford salutes the American flag.

On September 11, 2001, we lost 2,977 American lives in the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon building and United Airlines Flight 93. This event changed our country forever, and the pain was felt around the world. We remember this day not only to commemorate the victims, but to honor those who sacrificed everything they had for the lives of others. We also remember this day to remind America and the world that our spirit is not broken and we are stronger and more unified than ever.

I am thankful Mayor Bill Wells shared how 9/11 changed the direction of his family’s lives.
I am thankful Mayor Bill Wells shared how 9/11 changed the direction of his family’s lives.

We were honored to have El Cajon Police Department and Heartland Fire & Rescue join us on this special day of remembrance. Thank you!
We were honored to have El Cajon Police Department and Heartland Fire & Rescue join us on this special day of remembrance. Thank you!

Steele Canyon High School choir preformed the Star Spangled Banner to start the Memorial Ceremony.
Steele Canyon High School choir preformed the Star Spangled Banner to start the Memorial Ceremony.

Watch this YouTube video to hear the choir’s fantastic singing of our National Anthem at the memorial ceremony: https://youtu.be/d9VlMtu1i-k

Steele Canyon High School’s Trevor Krantz shared his memory of 9/11.
Steele Canyon High School’s Trevor Krantz shared his memory of 9/11.

Representative from Steele Canyon High School, Trevor Krantz, had a powerful message to share on behalf of the younger generation. Trevor put into perspective that he was too young to understand what had happened on that horrible day. Trevor emphasized that, although he grew up in a post 9/11 world and all he had ever known was that 9/11 was a day of remembrance, he shared in the honoring of those who lost their lives on that tragic day.

Big thank you to Marc Bailey of the El Cajon Police Department, for his inspirational speech!
Big thank you to Marc Bailey of the El Cajon Police Department, for his inspirational speech!

Marc Bailey, Director of Innovative Digital Media Productions at National University and El Cajon Police Officer (reserve), had a powerful message for his audience as well. During the 9/11 attacks, he was reporting live from Atlanta on the news. From the news desk, he couldn’t make sense of the situation; he didn’t know why it was happening or what was going to happen next. His job was to stay on air and keep talking to his audience as the events unfolded for three days straight. 9/11 had affected Marc in such a deep way, that he was inspired to join the police force to serve for those who are in need of help. Marc challenged the audience to give back to their community as a way of remembering the fallen.

Image of lawn flags.

Image of fire truck displaying American flag.

Image of volunteer placing lawn flags.

Image of members of the Morse High School JROTC.
At the end of Marc’s speech, each person was directed to the American flag held high up over the event by a fire engine lift, to watch our flag rise into the sky while drums were being played by members of the Morse High School JROTC.

Image of an antendee tying a ribbon around the lawn flags.
To conclude the event, everyone was encouraged to tie a yellow ribbon around one of the 2,977 flags placed in the grass to represent each innocent life lost on September 11th.

In case you missed it, here is CBS 8’s recap: http://www.cbs8.com/story/33065246/911-tributes-held-across-san-diego-county

I would like to say a special thank you to the El Cajon Valley High School staff and students for partnering with us. I am full of gratitude to all who participated in and attended this year’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony.

It’s an honor to serve you,

Joel Anderson
Senator