By Joan Rudder-Ward
(Hesperia)–The Hesperia Recreation and Park District, City of Hesperia, and Hesperia Unified School District hosted on Sunday a moving 9/11 remembrance on the 10th anniversary of the terrorists attacks on our nation.
The flag, hoisted between two fire engines, served as a fitting backdrop for the speakers and presenters. Oak Hills High School Army Junior ROTC did the presentation of the colors, and Hesperia High School Select Choir Ensemble gave a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.
Moments of silence were observed at 5:46, 6:03 and 6:37am, Pacific Standard Time for when the planes hit the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
Local first responders from the Inland Empire gave moving accounts of their times of service at Ground Zero, bringing to light the difficult decision firefighters and police had to make on a daily basis while
working to recover those lost in the rubble, and in helping to bring restoration.
The program ended on a message of peace and hope as silver wing doves were released and bagpipes chimed the soothing melody of Amazing Grace.