At 5:30 AM September 11, 2010, PFC Raymond Herron (ARMY) and LCPL Santino Anaya (USMC) arrive at the Kern County Superior Court. They have with them 3 memorial signs, "HONK TO REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES." "IN MEMORY OF 9/11/01." "PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN."
At 5:46AM local time is when the first of 2 hijacked airliners slammed into the World Trade Center North Tower. LCPL Anaya stands in his Dress Blue uniform and gives a proper salute. At 6:03AM, the second plane hits the South Tower, again, LCPL Anaya gives a salute. 6:37AM, another salute to the airliner flown into the Pentagon. 7:03AM a final salute to those lost in the fourth flight, crashing near Shanksville, PA.
Between the hours of 5:30 and 9:30AM about 1 in 50 vehicles recognize the two young men for what they are, a two man memorial service, and honk for rememberance. At about 9:45, they move to 24th/Chester, where the 178 hits downtown Bakersfield, and take up position on the southwest corner. It is later in the morning, more people are awake, and aware. They start recieving a complete commotion as drivers all around see the signs. Horns are honking, engines are revving, people are yelling, they are making a great racket. One man walks from the 24th Street Cafe to bring the two young men bottles of water. This motivates them further, and they begin to cry out, "Never forget, those we lost this day 9 years ago. Never forget, those we have lost in the fight in the 9 years since. And never forget those who STILL fight to keep this country as free, and as strong as ever."
At 11:30 they move to 23rd/Chester, where downtown turns into Highway 178. These two are doing great, people are coming and shaking their hands, bringing them water, and thanking them for their service, and for the memorial. About 12:20 a guy yells from a truck, "Hey Marine, you only salute Officers, not these nasty civilians." To which LCPL Anaya replies, "Roger that, They give me a honk, I give them a salute." That pretty much killed the joy, pride, and FUN these two men had spreading the word of rememberance for this day.
At about 12:30 the young men walk into the Jack In The Box on the corner, cool off, and wait for their ride to come pick them up. LCPL Anaya is stopped by a young girl, looks to be about 15-17 and requests to have a picture taken with him. "Of course," he replies, squares himself away, and poses with the girl while her godmother takes the photo with her iPhone.
Long day comes to a happy ending with a little photo shoot. Sadly, however, ALL LOCAL NEWS STATIONS, AND PAPERS were contacted multiple times, and given names and locations of where they were. NO ONE SHOWED UP. They said " Were covering other stories, we'll try to get out there." LCPL Anaya calls shenanigans, because he called the day before, and asked a local station if there was anything going on. VillageFest doesn't start for another 5 hours, and the only other things going on were car washes.
Must be nice to know that a carwash is better news than two young men working hard to get a little support from the community. BPD, Sheriff, Highway patrol, Hall Ambulance, NONE OF THEM gave the two the time of day. Big thanks to all those random drivers that honked their horn for 9/11.
Personal message from both LCPL Anaya, and PFC Herron "HUGE THANKS TO ALL OF YOU RANDOM, AMERICAN, PATRIOTIC, HORN HONKERS!"