Events planned across Southland to commemorate victims of 9/11 attacks

Police and fire officials will gather with elected office holders and residents at events across the Southland Wednesday to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

In Los Angeles, a traditional gathering will be held at the city fire department's Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park. The ceremony is held each year in a plaza that includes a 23-ton section of metal recovered from the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the attack. The metal is the largest remnant of the World Trade Center outside New York City.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to attend, along with fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, police Chief Michel Moore, county Sheriff Alex Villanueva and county fire Chief Daryl Osby.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is among those expected to take part in that city's remembrance ceremony, which will be held at Fire Station 1 on Magnolia Avenue. The event will include a wreath-laying and a moment of silence that will be observed at 9:11 a.m.

Early morning ceremonies are also planned in cities including South Pasadena and Culver City, where events will be held at the three city fire stations.

In downtown Los Angeles, a panel discussion will be held at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall with members of the military and first responders telling their stories about how the attacks spurred them to enter public service.

Beverly Hills will hold its annual remembrance event at the city's 9/11 Memorial Garden. The event will include a wreath-laying, bell-ringing and playing of "Taps." The city's police and fire chiefs will be joined by Mayor John Mirisch and members of the City Council.