Thousands gathered at the Nixon Library for the “preeminent 9/11 ceremony of the West Coast”

The Richard Nixon Foundation marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a moving commemoration ceremony yesterday at the Nixon Library.

The ceremony included 23 tons of wreckage from the World Trade Center as its stirring centerpiece. The wreckage will remain on display at the Nixon Library through September 17.

“In my view, it is the preeminent 9/11 ceremony of the West Coast,” said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes in his remarks.

See coverage of the 9/11 remembrance ceremony by KTLA 5 News, CBS Los Angeles, The New York Times, and The Orange County Register.