Remembering 9/11…20 Years Later

The Palm Springs Fire Department is hosting a 20th Anniversary Remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, on Saturday September 11th 2021.

It’s from 8:30 a-m ‘til 12 noon at Fire Station #2 at 300 N El Cielo Road.

There will be Guest Speakers, Pipes and Drums, an Honor Guard, Live Music, and a Food Truck.


At 9:45 a-m Saturday morning September 11th 2021, the Palm Springs Air Museum will conduct a flyover across the Coachella Valley and High Desert.

Seven vintage warplanes will fly over the Remembrance at Palm Springs Fire Station #2, then head east across the valley, then fly over the Marine Corps Base in 29 Palms.

The flyover will honor our local fallen heroes who fought against terrorism.


Marine Cpl Jesus A. Gonzalez of Indio, CA, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 29 Palms, CA – KIA April 12, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq – Operation Iraqi Freedom

Marine 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer of Banning, CA, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA – KIA April 8, 2004 in Anbar Province, Iraq – Operation Iraqi Freedom

US Air Force Staff Sgt Jennifer Kepner, of Cathedral City, died Oct 18, 2017 from cancer as a result of exposure to Burn Pits at Camp Balad Air Base in Iraq. She served as a medic from 2001-2007 and spent 6 months at Camp Balad

US Army Pfc Ming Sun, of Cathedral City, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carlson, CO, KIA January 7, 2007, Ramadi, Iraq – Operation Iraqi Freedom

US Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Suresh Krause, of Cathedral City, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, KIA August 16, 2012, Kandahar Province, Iraq, Operation Enduring Freedom

— Marine Cpl Hunter Lopez of Indio, KIA, August 26, 2021, Kabul Airport, Afghanistan


The City of Indio is hosting a recycling and sustainability event from 9 a-m to noon on Saturday September 11th 2021, and is giving away 3-hundred shade trees to people who stop by.

The City will use that event to honor Marine Corps Corporal Hunter Lopez, an Indio native who was killed in the August 2021 terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

 The City has a memorial for Corporal Lopez outside City Hall.


In Cathedral City, a couple has build a 17 foot tall replica of the Twin Towers.  

It’s in their back yard on Avenida Maravilla.

Wait until the sun sets, then follow the lights in the neighborhood to find it.


A documentary about the 9/11 attacks, titled “Telling Nicholas” will be screened at the mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City at 6:30 p-m, on Saturday September 11th 2021 to benefit Variety Club of the Desert. Get more information at

The Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs has “The Guys” onstage Saturday September 11th 2021 at 7 p-m and Sunday September 12th at 2 p-m.

It’s a 2 person show about a New York City Fire Captain who struggles to write eulogies for eight fallen comrades who perished in the 9/11 attacks.

Get more information at



Close shot of roses laying on top and wrapped in American flag.

Photo from Alpha Media USA Portland OR