COSTA MESA — Ten years have passed, but the overwhelming confusion, fear and deep anger from Sept. 11, 2001, were too easily remembered at weekend events in Newport-Mesa.
So too was the heroism and courage shown that day.
More than 300 residents, city officials, local representatives, public safety officials and military personnel gathered Sunday at the U.S. Army Reserve Base at the Air National Guard facility, 2651 Newport Blvd., as part of Costa Mesa's commemoration of 9/11.
"One of the things I learned in 9/11 is that the American spirit can never be broken," said event speaker and Iraq War veteran 2nd Lt. Thomas Deluccia.
Two tan Humvees flanked the podium as a large American flag hung between two palm trees and gently rippled in the wind.
"We are united today, united as a community, in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11," said city Chief Executive Tom Hatch, later adding that "9/11 changed all of us and changed how we live our lives each day."