“It’s to honor the local men and women who have been killed in the line of duty and who were killed on September 11,” said event chairperson Sergeant Theresa Dawson of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “It’s also to honor the men and women who are currently in service.”
The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., Tuesday (Sept. 11) at the Fallen Heroes Memorial in front of the Antelope Valley Mall.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service-Angeles National Forest and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale will take part in the ceremony.
Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Captain Bobby Denham will provide welcome remarks, while Pastor Edward Benson of Shining Light Worship Center will lead the invocation. The Posting of Colors will be followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Deputy Mitch Speed from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Guest speakers will include city leaders from Lancaster and Palmdale and L.A. County Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Cosey.
The keynote address will be given by Lieutenant Colonel Gene F. Cummins, Director of Air force Plant 42; and closing remarks will given by California Highway Patrol Captain Steve Urrea.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Antelope Valley Fallen Heroes Memorial Group.
“We would love for the public to come out and honor our heroes,” said Dawson.
For more information, contact event chairperson Sgt. Theresa Dawson of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.