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Board Chair calls for September 11 Memorial Event

County Executive Office - Press Release

OC Human Relations Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2002

For more information, contact:
Rusty Kennedy, 714.567.7465
Executive Director, OCHRC
Or Peri Doshi-O'Neill, 714.567.5083

Board Chair calls for September 11 Memorial Event

Santa Ana - Orange County will definitely remember. A countywide observance will be held at noon on September 11 in the Civic Center Plaza at Santa Ana Boulevard and Broadway Streets in Santa Ana. Participants will include the Board of Supervisors, Orange County Sheriff, OC Fire Authority, OC Human Relations Commission, the Veterans Service, and Living Room Dialogue participants who will combine their efforts to commemorate those who died in the 2001 September 11 terrorist attack in New York City, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside. The public is invited to attend Orange County Remembers.

Religious leaders from various Orange County faiths will also take part in the observance. So far, that group includes Rabbi Bernie King, Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'a lot; Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi; Islamic Society of Orange County; Bishop Jaime Soto, Diocese of Orange; and Pastor John McReynolds, Second Baptist Church.

The impetus for the memorial came out of a "Living Room Dialogue" hosted by Fourth District Supervisor Cynthia P. Coad. The OC Human Relations Commission has sponsored these dialogues since last August at the request of Supervisor Coad. The dialogues began prior to September 11 and brought together people from diverse groups to enhance intercultural understanding. After the September 11 tragedy, the dialogues continued to build bridges among diverse communities as individuals shared the impact of the tragedy on their lives.

"Orange County Remembers is designed to send a clear message for hope, remembrance and unity," said Coad, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.

"Our freedom was challenged by the horrific tragedy last September, but we did not turn to fear;. We have come together stronger and more united, striving to build safer, more inclusive communities in Orange County. And that is the best way to remember all those who have perished," she said.

"Our freedom was challenged by the horrific tragedy last September, but we did not turn to fear;. We have come together stronger and more united, striving to build safer, more inclusive communities in Orange County. And that is the best way to remember all those who have perished," she said.

"We must work to create a world of love, peace and justice. We never want to see any human being once again become the victim of terrorism. We want to be vigilant and not stand by when our neighbors are victims of hatred and fear," said Dr. Siddiqi.

Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and Fire Chief Chip Prather will give the keynote addresses at the memorial.