County marks 10th anniversary of 9/11 with ‘We will Remember’ banner

A 32-foot tall banner bearing the image of the U.S. flag and the words “We will Remember” hangs on the west side of the county administration center in downtown San Diego to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

It is the same banner displayed on the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It was hung today, Sept. 8, and is scheduled to remain on the wall facing San Diego Bay for one week.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Ron Roberts organized the re-hanging of the banner.

“Nine years ago, on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, this banner was hung to honor those who died at the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and on Flight 93 where passengers fought back before the plane crashed in Shanksville, Pa.,” states a release from Roberts’ office.

The victims represented a great many nations, states and cities. Among them are:

Robert Penninger, 63, an electrical engineer from Poway. He was aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon.

Brent Woodall, a 31-year-old stock trader who worked on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center. At La Jolla High School, he was a star football, basketball and baseball player during the late 1980s.

Tim Ward, 38, an up-and-coming project manager at Rubio’s Restaurants in San Diego. He was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center. He graduated from San Diego State.

Gerald Hardacre, 62, of Carlsbad, was also aboard Flight 175. He was visiting his daughter Colleen in Boston.

Thomas McGuiness, who moved with his family from Fallbrook to New Hampshire just a year before last September’s attacks. He the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center.

Nine years ago we remembered Robert, Brent, Tim, Gerald and Thomas, and thousands others, with this banner,” said Roberts. “On the 10th anniversary, we still do.”

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