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Patriot Day 2020 at Victor Valley College:

On Friday, September 11, 2020 VVC will hold a Patriot Day Ceremony to honor the lives of the men and women who answered their last call on September 11th, 2001 and give recognition to those who today serve our communities and put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf.

Our Patriot Day remembrance and reflection ceremony will begin precisely at 6:30 a.m. and will be streamed live at

Students will be represented by our VVC Nursing Program, Fire Academy, Paramedic Academy, STC Corrections Academy, and POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

Over 3,000 Symbolic Flags of Honor courtesy of Victor Valley College ASB were set in place over the Labor Day weekend, on the hillside adjacent to the library. Thank you to the 76 VVC students, VVC Family members and community members who prepped and placed our Flags of Honors.

You may view the live streaming event below on September 11, 2020.


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The "United We Stand" monument, designed by VVC student Joan Sowinski, was dedicated on Monday, September 11, 2006. Five years earlier Dr. Prem Reddy, Chairman of the Board of Desert Valley Hospital, had the idea of United We Stand to raise funds to build a memorial to help pull the community back together. Jeffrey Crumbaker, of the Patrician Group in Riverside, used Sowinski’s concept of three arches and a liberty bell to create the memorial. The resulting memorial has three pillars, and each pillar has a metal arch protruding from it. The arches are joined at the pinnacle, and a liberty bell is attached at that point. On the Liberty Bell is written, “We will never forget the innocent lives lost on September Eleventh Two Thousand and One.

Each pillar has a word and a plaque attached to it. When one faces the library, the pillar on the left has the word Strength attached to it, and its plaque is dedicated to the 184 people killed at the Pentagon. The pillar to its right has the word Freedom, and the plaque is dedicated to the 2,749 people killed at the World Trade Center. The pillar to the right of Freedom has the word Hope, and its plaque is dedicated to the 40 lives lost on Flight 93.

On each side of each pillar is a curved bench made from the same material as the pillar. The attached benches have marble tops. A marble plaque listing the sponsors is attached to the Hope pillar.

The “United We Stand” monument was erected through the generosity of the following donors:

Desert Valley Hospital, PrimeMed Pharmacies, Indian American Cultural Association, Daily Press, ARMAC Insurance, Xerox,

GE Medical Systems & Mojave Radiation Oncology Center, St. Mary Choice Medical Group, MWB Business System, City National Bank, Victor Valley Community Hospital, Victor Valley IPA Medical Group, F.Allen Rutledge, LL, MD, Vir K. Nanda, MD,
Hari Reddy, MD, Victor Valley College, High Desert Primary Care Medical Group, Sikh Cultural of the High Desert,
Venkat R. Vangala, MD, Inc, The Barker Family, Desert Cities Dialysis, Dr, Yelamanchili, Roche Labs, High Tech Signs,
Victor Auto Plaza, Gary Purscell, Washington Mutual, Guss and Debby Vopalensky, Marcee and Mark Samberg,
High Desert Islamic Society, Crismali Foot and Ankle, Ravi Lyer, MD, Kamath Medical Group,Thompson and Thompson Law Office,
High Desert Cardiopulmonary Medical Group,Val Armienti, Dr. Wassef, Panch Jeakumar, Md, Desert Valley Hospital Auxiliary
Clear Channel Communication,Valley Orthopedic Center, Anupama Sharma, MD, Guardian Medical Group, Merck
Robert A. Martinez Architect & Assoc., Bear Valley Party Rentals, Patrick and Jenifer Silvestri, Jurgenson Painting, Barstow Hospital
Robert Bearman, MD, Riverside Cement, Mojave Copy and Printing & Golden State Fire Pro.




Last Updated 9/9/20 Last Updated 9/11/20