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Canyon Lake community to light up blue on September 11

The Burley home on Skippers Way Drive. Photo provided by Jenn Burley.

Canyon Lake residents are invited to participate in a citywide tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Residents who wish to participate are asked to light up their porches and yards with blue lights on September 11.

A Lighting Ceremony will be held at 9:11 p.m. in the lodge parking lot.

Prior to the Lighting Ceremony, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco and other dignitaries will be escorted in golf carts on a brief tour around the community to view the lights. Residents are invited to decorate their golf carts in blue lights and join the procession. 

The tour will start at the Fire Station on Vacation Drive at 8 p.m. and end at the lodge where there will be a short ceremony. A skylight will be turned on at 9:11 p.m., lighting up the sky over Canyon Lake with two blue beams of light. Residents who wish to attend the Lighting Ceremony are asked to practice social distancing.

The Cook home on the corner of Spray Drive and Clear Water Drive. Photo provided by Tim Cook.

The Canyon Lake 9/11 Tribute in Light was conceived in mid-August by resident Brian Bock, a native New Yorker who sprang into action after hearing that New York City was going to cancel its annual Tribute in Light on September 11.

Bock created a Canyon Lake 9/11 Tribute in Light Facebook page and was immediately joined by hundreds of other residents. A 9/11 Committee was formed.

The committee held Zoom meetings and came up with a plan for the Canyon Lake community to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Their simple idea of having a skylight at the lodge pointing two blue beams of light in the sky on September 11 has grown into much more over the past few weeks.

“This event has taken on a life of its own,” said Bock. “The community, city, POA, and local dignitaries have all come together to help make this special tribute possible.”

The POA is supporting the efforts of this event and be installing more than 100 donated blue lights around the community prior to September 11.

The Arentz home on Schooner Drive. Photo provided by Brittani Arentz.

The City Council on Wednesday officially proclaimed September 11 a “Day of Service and a Day of Remembrance” in the City of Canyon Lake, and called upon residents to honor the lives of those lost.

Various news outlets will be covering this event. Residents who wish to attend virtually can watch the tribute live on the Canyon Lake Insider Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CanyonLakeInsider. Drone pilot Henry Becerra of 4K Aerial Photography & Videography will be filming the event. The video will be posted on YouTube after the event.

For more information, visit the Canyon Lake 9/11 Tribute in Light Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/324503652239014. To make a donation toward this event, click here.

The McKinnon home on Blue Bird Drive. Photo provided by Donald McKinnon.
The Keppler home on Big Tee Drive. Photo provided by Sara Keppler.
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