Hundreds of spectators gathered Saturday morning at the Lompoc Airport to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and honor the almost 3,000 victims who perished during the terror attacks that day.

Skydive Santa Barbara planes climbed to 5,000 feet and released four demonstrators who conducted exhibition jumps at 8:45 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:03 a.m., to commemorate the timeline of tragic events that took place in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

Skydivers streaked the morning skies with trails of patriotic red, white and blue smoke streamers that could be seen across the city, stirring crowds at the airport to cheer in solidarity.

Skydive Santa Barbara owner David Hughes waved a giant 1,200-square-foot American flag from high above and was greeted with applause upon his descent.

Lompoc Fire Department 9/11 ceremony

Lompoc Fire Department held a 20-year 9/11 remembrance ceremony at its main headquarters, Station 51, on Saturday morning and lowered the flag to half-staff for the day.

Lompoc Fire Department also commemorated the day with a 20-year remembrance ceremony at its main headquarters, Station 51, at 115 South G St.

The ceremony included the lowering of flags to half-staff and a moment of silence.

"It is our pledge to never forget what happened on that day, and to continue to reflect and honor those who lost their lives," fire officials said.

Lisa André covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record. 

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