The events of Sept. 11, 2001, changed the nation forever. Lives across the United States were impacted, as were numerous businesses.
The El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau responded to the crisis by calling a news conference, producing a public service announcement and half-hour program based on the news conference. The goal was to emphasize the importance of unity in America, regardless of religious or ethnic background.
The success of the news conference and the production of the public service announcement and half-hour program could not have been accomplished without the remarkable support of our chamber members. I would like to especially thank Prabhdeep Singh, M.D., Abdel Salem, Elias Moukarzel, M.D. and Kirti Shah for sharing their personal stories and reaction to the horrors we witnessed.
I would also like to thank Mayor Cheryl Walker for her words of encouragement and Police Chief Ray Loera and Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen for their commitment to arrest and prosecute anyone suspected of perpetrating a hate crime.