Today we gathered at the Veterans Memorial for a commemoration ceremony hosted by the Saddleback College Police Department to remember and honor those we lost in the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.
The event was led and organized by Saddleback College Police Lieutenant Michael Betzler. Following his opening statements, Sheriff Explorer Post 449 presented the colors and Erin Long, senior administrative assistant in student development, beautifully performed the national anthem. Guest speakers at the ceremony included Orange County Fire Battalion Chief Cliff Bramlette and United States Marine Corps Sergeant Juan Valdez. Each provided moving testimonies about the events of 9/11. In a final nod to the victims and the heroes, Dr. Kathy Werle, Vice President for Instruction, placed a wreath at the Veterans Memorial on behalf of the college.
Fourteen years after that tragic day, Saddleback College continues to remember and honor those we lost. I want to thank all of those in attendance that helped us in this tribute to them.
Tod A. Burnett, Ed. D.