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9/11 Victims to be Remembered at City of Anaheim’s Sept. 11, 2011 Observance Brad Burlingame, brother of American Airlines Flight #77 pilot Chic Burlingame, will share his thoughts and remembrances of the day, and encourage all to embrace a spirit of service in our communities
ANAHEIM, CA - (August 8, 2011) - Most of us remember where we were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 when we heard about the attacks on our country.

For former Anaheim residents Brad Burlingame and his siblings, their world came to a stop.

“My brother Chic (Charles Burlingame) was the pilot for American Airlines Flight #77, which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon,” said Brad.  “There are no words that describe the loss of a family member or friend.  To lose Chic and the thousands of victims in this way is incomprehensible.”

Brad Burlingame will join Mayor Tom Tait and the Anaheim City Council as Anaheim hosts a Sept. 11 Remembrance Memorial Service at Anaheim’s Pearson Park Amphitheatre (401 N. Lemon St.) on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m.  The Remembrance Memorial Service is part of a week-long series of activities in Anaheim in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.  All are welcome to attend.

“We are humbled that Brad has chosen to remember his brother by coming back to the Burlingame’s hometown of Anaheim,” said Mayor Tait.  “Ten years may have passed, but for many of us we still have a flood of emotions tied to that day.  It is my hope that the Remembrance Memorial Service, as well as the different activities surrounding Sept. 11, will bring all of us a sense of pride and honor for the fallen, and renewed hope and encouragement in the fight for continued freedoms in our great country.”

The Sept. 11 Remembrance Memorial Service will include moments of reflection in addition to inspirational comments.  Traditional memorial service elements of Police and Fire Departments and the military will be represented throughout the program.  KTTV FOX 11 news anchor Jeff Michael will serve as emcee. 

Two Anaheim residents also died at the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. 

Christopher Newton, 38, was aboard American Airlines Flight #77 when it was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon.  Newton was the CEO of Work Life Benefits.  He served the community as a Scoutmaster and Little League coach.  Newton and his family had relocated to Virginia approximately one month prior to Sept. 11, but they are remembered as active members of Hephatha Lutheran Church in Anaheim. 

Jerrold Paskins, 57, was in meetings at the World Trade Center when the attack occurred.  A reinsurance executive with the Devonshire Group, Paskins was remembered as man with a tremendous work ethic as well as a man who never left home without the ring his wife gave him for his 40th birthday and a 1976 silver dollar issued for America’s bicentennial.  He was also remembered for his daily push-ups routine; one for each year of his life, plus one additional for good measure.

Chic Burlingame, 51, graduated from Anaheim High School in 1970.  He accepted a Presidential appointment to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis.  From Annapolis, Chic went on to land F-4 Phantom jets on aircraft carriers as a Navy pilot, and flew as a pilot for American Airlines.   On the morning of September 11, 2001, Chic prepared American Airlines Flight 77 for takeoff, just like any other normal workday.  However, within an hour after takeoff, hijackers took control of the plane and crashed it into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. All 64 people aboard the aircraft - including Chic - as well as 125 people in the Pentagon were killed.
Brad Burlingame, a graduate of Katella High School class of 1970, is the president and CEO of the West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Bureau.  He and his wife Diane recently adopted two daughters from Latvia.  In the 10 years since his brother’s death, Brad has traveled across the country speaking in support of the fight against terrorism and the importance of supporting our military and commitment to service.

The Burlingame family moved to Anaheim after Chic’s father, Charles F. Burlingame Jr., retired from the U.S. Air Force and accepted a public relations position with Autonetics (later merged with North American Aviation and Rockwell), the aerospace manufacturing corporation located in the city.   He and his wife Patricia purchased a home in Anaheim near Sunkist and Lincoln.  The Burlingame children attended Sunkist Elementary School, Sycamore Jr. High School, Anaheim High School, and Katella High School.

“Chic gave his life doing what he loved,” said Brad.  “On Sept. 11, 2001 he was traveling to Southern California with plans that he and I would attend the Angels Baseball game the following day because Sept. 12 would have been his birthday.   I am so proud of my brother for his heroism and patriotism in serving our country.” 

Additional information about Anaheim’s activities in service and remembrance of Sept. 11, including the Sept. 8 Military Banner Ceremony and the Sept. 10 First Responders Expo, can be found at www.anaheim.net

Media Contact: Ruth Ruiz 714.765.5060more city news


ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous and most visited cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 351,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.7 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as: Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; L-3 Communications; Pacific Sunwear; and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including: Angels Baseball; Anaheim Ducks; the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with: The Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast; Honda Center; City National Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim GardenWalk; Angel Stadium of Anaheim; and ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes more than 20 million visitors to the City, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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