Flags blew at half-staff in a cold wind Sunday evening at Pier Plaza, while patriotic colors dominated the crowd and a pair of steel girders from the World Trade Center served as a graphic reminder of the events of a decade ago.
On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, members of the American Legion, Huntington Beach first responders, and more than 100 others gathered for a memorial ceremony to pay tribute to the people who died that day and the servicemen and women who have given their lives since in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The tone of the ceremony ranged from wistful to somber to hopeful. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) called America's current war on terror one in a series of battles against tyrannical regimes around the world, including Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
"We Americans represent to the evil forces on this planet a block to their domination and a block to their goals," he said.