The Santa Maria Fire Department will commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a simple ceremony at each fire station throughout the city. 

The public is welcome to attend the events that will begin at 7:20 a.m. Monday at the city’s five stations.

This will be a time of reflection to honor those who died and their families and to recognize those Americans who continue to protect the country daily, both at home and abroad, according to a city spokesman. The commemoration ceremony is modeled after recommended protocols established by the International Fire Service and adopted by the Fire Chiefs of Santa Barbara County.

Fire apparatus will be pulled out on front drives at Fire Station No. 1, 300 W. Cook St.; No. 2, 416 W. Carmen Lane; No. 3, 2305 N. Preisker Lane; No. 4, 2637 S. College Drive; and No. 5, 1670 E. Donovan Road.

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Those in attendance will be asked to gather around the station flagpole. Fire station tones will be followed with a brief message of remembrance.

After the ceremony, the public can visit with firefighters and tour the stations.

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.

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