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Our Laguna: American Legion Post remembers 9/11

September 13, 2012|By Barbara Diamond
  • Members of the Laguna Beach Police Department Color Guard salute the flag in honor of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, during the Patriot Day ceremony and 9/11 rememberance at Legion Hall on Tuesday.
Members of the Laguna Beach Police Department Color Guard… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

Gray skies and a drizzle didn't dampen the ardor of the speakers and guests at a ceremony in remembrance of that tragic day 11 years ago and the unquenchable spirit with which we responded.

Laguna's American Legion Post hosted the ceremony, which began at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building on Legion Street

"By this time on Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Center towers had collapsed, the Pentagon had been hit and a fourth plane had crashed in rural Pennsylvania," said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, keynote speaker.

Much has changed since then, including our internal security measures and our sense of safety, Spitzer said.

But our character as a nation, our trust in our place in the world, our sense of justice, of right and wrong and our pursuit of freedom have not changed, he said.

"I want to speak today about how we felt as a nation over this last decade and how our emotion and sense of country allowed us to recover, strive and survive these horrible events — really how we identify ourselves as a people: "e pluribus unun, out of many, one," Spitzer said.

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Americans, including himself, are willing to die for the sake of freedom, Spitzer said.

"Since our declaration on terror, 2.8 million men and women have volunteered for our armed services; 6,500 have given their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation New Dawn," Spitzer said.

And what have we learned?

We have learned that America is vulnerable, that America cannot be complacent and that America has responsibilities to the rest of the world, Spitzer said.

But we should count our blessings, honor our country and those who made incredible sacrifices to preserve freedom, Spitzer said.

"We are so proud of this 0/11 generation," Spitzer said. "We will never forget their sacrifice."

He was given a standing ovation.

Post Vice Commander Dave Connell introduced Spitzer, who was an Orange County Supervisor once before, former county assistant district attorney and former state assemblyman.

"That is good news us — bad news for criminals," Connell said.

First Vice Commander Joe Marcosa served as master of ceremonies for the 9/11 program.

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