PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/3/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 090321
Subject:
Cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach Announce “A Celebration Of Peace and Unity” in Remembrance of September 11, 2001
Contact:
Signal Hill Community Services Dept.
562-989-7330






Long Beach, CA - The City of Signal Hill and the City of Long Beach are proud to announce a joint event, “A Celebration of Peace and Unity”, on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the Unity Monument at 2271 Temple Avenue in Signal Hill. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 11:00 a.m.
 
“A Celebration of Peace and Unity” marks the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. There will be guest speakers, an honor guard, musical performances, time for reflection, refreshments, and more. For those who wish to join us virtually, the event will be livestreamed on the City of Signal Hill’s Facebook page @CityofSignalHill, Long Beach’s Facebook @LongBeachCity, Long Beach Police & Fire Department Facebook pages @LongBeachPD.CA and @LongBeachFD and on both cities’ YouTube pages.
 
“In Signal Hill, we are greatly honored to partner with the City of Long Beach as we gather together with the Greater Long Beach Community to remember this momentous event in American history. We must never forget that September day when more than 3,000 lives were taken from us. We owe it to them and to the countless other heroes who gave their lives in the days and years after. We owe it to their families and their loved ones. It is my hope that this event brings unity, togetherness, and fellowship as we continue to heal as a community, a nation and a world,” said Signal Hill Mayor Edward H.J. Wilson.

The Unity Monument, sculpted by artist Patrick Vogel, is the only standing monument to the victims of September 11, 2001 in the area. It was completed in 2002 and is a symbol of our nation's renewed strength and unity, blending five separate metals to form a sculpture representing our nation's diversity. The monument faces the east coast as a tribute.

“September 11, 2001, marked one of the most horrific attacks on American soil that we have ever seen,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Out of the tragedy, the strength of our country and our communities shone through. I’d like to thank our Signal Hill neighbors for welcoming Long Beach to join in this day of recognition to commemorate those we lost that day and all of the members of our armed forces who have fought bravely to defend our country since.”

All are welcome. Parking is extremely limited. We ask all guests to please consider carpooling or using a rideshare or taxi. For more information, please contact Community Services at 562-989-7330 or visit www.cityofsignalhill.org.