SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

September 10, 2006 23:07 ET

LAX Sets Remembrance Ceremonies for Sept. 11

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 10, 2006 -- Officials at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with the relighting of the LAX Pylons on Sunday, Sept. 10; and a "Circle of Unity" and wreath-laying ceremonies on Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).


1. LAX Pylons Relighting, Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9:01 p.m., following a six-month modernization project. Without ceremony, the LAX pylons will be turned on with red, white and blue programming at 9:01 p.m. that will continue for 27 hours until midnight Sept. 11. The landmark series of color light structures are comprised of 15 100-foot-high pylons in a circle at the Century Boulevard entrance to LAX and 11 more pylons ranging in height from 25 to 60 feet along the Century Boulevard median between Aviation and Sepulveda Blvds. At dusk on Tuesday, Sept. 12, the pylons will relight with a regular programming of a variety of colors and sequences. The pylons were upgraded with new technology that provides easy-to-use computer programming with a palette of millions of colors, 75 percent savings in energy use, and improved reliability and less maintenance.

2. Circle of Unity with a moment of silence at the landmark Theme Building. The public, airport employees and passengers are invited to form a silent human "Circle of Unity" around the Theme Building -- re-creating the one held Sept. 14, 2001, the first full day of flight activity after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The minute of silence at 12 noon on Monday, Sept. 11, will be followed by all attendees singing "God Bless America." Small U.S. flags and a red-white-and-blue heart sticker will be distributed to those attending. Media parking: ALL media may park in Vendor Delivery Lot 6 on the Lower/Arrivals Level across from Terminal 6.

3. Wreath Laying Ceremony at the LAX Flag Court at the intersection of Century and Sepulveda Blvds. by the Los Angeles Airport Police Honor Guard at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. The Honor Guard will lay a wreath at the base of the U.S. flag where a bronze plaque was dedicated on the first anniversary of 9-11. The plaque is inscribed with the names of all those who died on the four California-bound flights. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) LAX Choir will sing during the ceremony. Media parking: Broadcast-equipped media vehicles ONLY may park in southside LAX employees parking lot located between LAWA Administration Building and Terminal 7. ALL other media may park in Parking Structures 1 and 7 (parking will be validated).