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L.A. mayor reflects on 9/11 heroism

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">Dignitaries including Vice President Cheney and first lady Laura Bush, front row, right, bow their heads in prayer during a memorial for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, on the seventh anniversary of the attacks at the Pentagon. (Gerald Herbert)</span></div>
September 11, 2008 1:15:00 PM PDT
Memorial services were held across Southern California Thursday to remember the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks.A number of local, city and fire officials gathered at Elysian Park to honor the victims in a somber ceremony.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke to the crowd, noting that President George W. Bush is calling the day 'patriot day'. Villaraigosa added that the day should also be recognized as 'hero day' to reflect the awe-inspiring selflessness of so many emergency responders who did not hesitate to take action.

"We saw heroism there in every firefighter who ascended into unknown danger. We saw heroism in every police officer, every paramedic and every volunteer who dug through rubble day after day, tears streaming down their face, but driven by this sense of community with their fellow Americans in need," Villaraigosa said.

Brad Burlingame, brother of the pilot on American Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, also delivered a moving speech.


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