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Iraq War veteran speaking at 9/11 memorial event

September 06, 2011

Costa Mesa city officials will gather Sunday on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Community leaders, military personnel and Costa Mesa police officers will remember those who lost their lives from 9 to 11 a.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Base at the Air National Guard facility, 2651 Newport Blvd.

A moment of silence is slated for 9:20 a.m.

Costa Mesa Chief Executive Tom Hatch, Police Chief Tom Gazsi, acting Fire Chief Kirk Dominic and Iraq War veteran 2nd Lt. Thomas Deluccia are scheduled to speak at the event.

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Lt. Colonel Vic Bakkila and Costa Mesa police officers will emcee the ceremony.

The 304th Sustainment Battalion will act as the ceremonial color guard and the 311th Signal Command will be in military formation.

Residents will have the chance to sign two "Costa Mesa Remembers" banners that will be sent to the city's adopted troops — 1st Battalion, 5th Marines — and New York's Engine 213/Ladder 105, which lost seven firefighters in the World Trade Center.

Officials will also be collecting donations of sundry items for care packages for the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.

Costa Mesa native Dan Krikorian is also expected to perform folk and pop music.

Commemorative T-shirts will also be sold for a $10 donation to raise money for a memorial plaque.

— Britney Barnes

Twitter: @BritneyJBarnes

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