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Fallbrook to remember 9/11

Members of the Fallbrook community will remember and honor those whose lives were taken during the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 nine years later, this Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Village Square, at the corner of Main Ave. and Alvarado Street.

According to Bob Hillery, chairman of the event, the remembrance ceremony is expected to draw anywhere from 200 to 300 people. There will only be 150 chairs available, so it is recommended that attendees bring their own chair.

“We will start the event with a bell ringing and a moment of silence,” said Hillery. “Then singers, CAST dancers and the Fallbrook chorale will perform. Appearances will also be made by Darlinsky, the VFW Color Guard, firefighters from North County Fire Protection District, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the Temecula Valley Young Marines and bagpipe musician Larry Grossman.”

Hillery, the emcee of the event, also stated that Supervisor Bill Horn has confirmed he will be on hand to present the guest speaker, Rob Koudelka.

Koudelka, who currently lives in Phoenix, Ariz., is a retired New York firefighter who was on scene at Ground Zero on the day of the attacks.

“When we were talking with Koudelka, he told us he would try to get through the speech without being overcome with emotion,” said Hillery. “I can imagine the day is still very real and raw for him. We are looking forward to his compelling remarks. 9/11 was the most significant event of my generation, much like Pearl Harbor was to my parents’ generation.”

ACE Mobile Music, North County Fire Explorer Post 2740, ACE Party Supplies, Albertsons Savon, Pro-Tire & Automotive, ExcelAir, Berry-Bell & Hall Mortuary and Willis Allen Real Estate have all made contributions to the special event, Hillery said.

“The theme of this event is remembrance, not hatred,” said Hillery, who was an active duty Marine colonel stationed in Washington on 9/11. “The day also reminds us of the importance of vigilance. The ceremony is a tribute to those who died, and serves as a reminder of our need to be vigilant. We will have a representative from each of the military branches at the ceremony as a symbolic representation of our first line of defense and vigilance.”

For more information on the Sept. 11 event, contact the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce at (760) 728-5845 or go to

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