On the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, city and county leaders gathered Sunday for a ceremony at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center — one of numerous 9/11 commemorations across the Southland.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Fire Chief Kristin Crowley rang 10 bells, and the ceremony also included bagpipers and a helicopter flyover.

Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, acting Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Anthony Marrone and members of the LAFD who were deployed to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 also attended the ceremony.

The terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, many of whom were aboard three flights bound for Los Angeles International Airport.

The tribute was among a host of ceremonies, memorials and gatherings across the Southland to mark the solemn anniversary.

The city of Long Beach observed a moment of silence at 9:11 a.m.

“September 11th will forever impact our country,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.

LBPD Chief Wally Hebeish added: “With each year that passes, it is important that we pause on this day and remember all those we lost and the families that they left behind.”

In Beverly Hills, the fire department headquarters hosted an informal ceremony at 6:45 a.m., with a remembrance at the Beverly Hills Memorial Garden planned in the evening.

Holocaust Museum LA in Pan Pacific Park in the Fairfax District was presenting the West Coast debut of a sculpture exhibit titled “911: Vignettes of Emotion” by the artist A. Thomas Schomberg.

The Orange County Fire Authority held its annual remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the agency’s headquarters at 1 Fire Authority Road in Irvine. District Attorney Todd Spitzer participated in the ceremony, which featured honor guard members leading a bell-ringing ceremony.

In addition, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes and Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy spoke at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda in a remembrance ceremony Sunday morning.

Other events included a Patriot Day Paddle around Newport Harbor in Newport Beach.

On Monday, Pepperdine University will host an “Honoring the Heroes of 9/11” event, featuring Chancellor Sara Jackson and President Jim Gash. The university also has an annual display of nearly 3,000 flags in honor of the victims of the attack. The flags will fly on campus through Sept. 23.

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