Temecula will pay its respects to those lost on September 11, 2001 with two scheduled events Tuesday -- and all are welcome.
Beginning at 6:30 a.m., a ribbon cutting will take place at the new home of Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez, 42581 Rivera Drive, Temecula.
Dominguez, who is not yet 30, lost his legs and right arm while serving in Afghanistan.
To help support him and to thank him for his service, the Tunnels to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation joined forces to provide him with the new two-story home (see attached rendering of the house).
The two non-profits “make dreams come true” for those who serve and are in need. CSI: New York actor Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band have long worked on behalf of veterans, and the Tunnels to Towers Foundation have served in the memory of fallen New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001 as a first responder at the site of the Twin Towers.
In March, a concert in Temecula featuring CSI: New York actor Sinise and his Lt. Dan raised $130,000 to build the house for the disabled Marine. Sinise hit the stage in front of the Civic Center and performed for a sold-out crowd of 2,300 people. To read about the show, . To see photos of the event, .
Those who wish to attend Tuesday’s event are asked to arrive at 6 a.m., to mark the approximate time 11 years ago when Siller lost his life.
In another event Tuesday evening in Temecula, the community will gather at the city’s to remember veterans and 9/11 first responders.
From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the city’s Community Services Department will host its “September 11th Remembrance.” The event is free and all are welcome.
Tributes will be paid with remarks from Temecula City Manager Bob Johnson and Mayor Chuck Washington. Music will be provided by the Great Oak High School band and a flag presentation is also scheduled.
A candlelight moment of silence will take place at 7:15 p.m., and attendees are invited to write a message in a Keepsake Journal that will be onsite.
For more information about these events, contact www.cityoftemecula.com; 951-694-6480.