Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College prepare for 9/11 ceremonies

Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College will simultaneously hold their 13th annual anniversary of the 9/11 events beginning at noon, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Saddleback College’s Police Chief Christopher Wilkinson said Lt. Patrick Higa has prepared a “touching memorial” for the heroes of 9/11.

The event will be held in front of the Veteran’s Memorial in the quad from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A five-person Color Guard representing the military’s personnel will be present. Orange County Fire Authority will give brief presentations and Student Development Administrative Assistant Erin Long will perform her rendition of the national anthem. A commemorative wreath will be placed at the Veterans’ Memorial.

“This simple memorial is in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives, those who survived these attacks, the first responders, and those building a tribute at Ground Zero,” Wilkinson said.

Last year’s 9/11 ceremony featured reflections by David Bugay, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, who stated “It was so simple that it was deeply meaningful. It was great.” Bugay also said that he believes the terrorists have not accomplished their goals but instead have simply strengthened Americans’ resolve against them.

IVC will hold their ceremony inside the Performing Arts Center from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The featured speaker will be Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. Songs will be performed by IVC student Brittany Case and professional singer Robbie Britt, as well as a presentation by the Irvine Police Color Guard. First responder vehicles will be stationed outside the PAC.