Fresno Mayor Asheley Swearengin spoke during the ceremony and led the recognition of officers from the Fresno Police Department’s Northeast district who were recognized for their efforts to safeguard the community. Guest speaker Nancy Meyer spoke on behalf of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and called for an end to all violence, especially in the name of 9/11. High school student Talia Cherney sang the National Anthem and prayers were recited by Rev. Chris Erdman of University Presbyterian Church, Rev. Natalie Chamberlain of United Christian Church, Pastor Norman Broadbent of First Congregational Church, Darius Assemi and Kamal Abu-Shamsieh of the Islamic Center.
Children and youth from around the Valley led the participants in releasing doves and send a message of peace and wishes for brighter tomorrow.
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno offers its deep appreciation to all the families and individuals who attended the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11. Also, we commend our guest speakers for joining the Islamic Center in calling for unity in the face of challenges that face our nation.
The following are links to media coverage of the anniversary commemoration. We thank those who covered the event ; broadcast media and print. Special thanks to Howard Watkins for taking the photos and giving permission to use them.
ABC30 ActionNews: The Valley Remembers September 11th, 10 Years Later
ABC 3O ActionNews: Unity Promoted at Islamic Cultural Center 9/11 Event
Univion 21: 9/11: Centro islámico recordó el aniversario
The Fresno Bee: For Many Valley Muslims, Attacks Led to Prejudice, Questions
The Fresno Bee: Fresno Islamic Center Takes on Peacekeeper Role
The Fresno Bee: Valley Religious Leaders Urge Peace, Tolerance