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Remembering 9/11

Multiple events are being held in the East Bay to honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001.

It’s been 10 years since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and our world has never been the same. We hope that you were moved, as we were, by our September cover story on Deena Burnett Bailey, the former San Ramon mom whose husband Tom died a hero on Flight 93. Her strength and courage are inspiring. And we hope that you will join the greater East Bay community in remembering all those affected by the tragedy, at one of these events on Sunday, September 11:

5:45 a.m.

The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a silent vigil at the site of the Remember Them: Champions for Humanity monument, which Diablo featured in the August issue here. Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park, Oakland, (510) 874-4800, oaklandchamber.com.

8 a.m.

The Martinez Police Department and the Contra Costa County Consolidated Fire will remember the victims of September 11, 2001, with a memorial at the Martinez Amtrak Station. Martinez Amtrak Station, 601 Marina Vista Ave., Martinez, (925) 372-3500, cityofmartinez.org.

9:45 a.m.

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is hosting an event to honor victims and their families, first responders, and all military engaged since 9/11. The event will include a ceremonial ringing of the bell, playing of bagpipes, and a special presentation to honor Army Specialist Jameson Lindskog, a military medic and Pleasanton resident who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this year. Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, 3560 Nevada Street, Pleasanton, (925) 454-2361, ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

10 a.m.

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District, California State Fire Marshal, Moraga Department and the Mayor of the Town of Moraga are joining the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church for a service in remembrance of the victims of September 11. A community barbecue will follow the service, so please bring blankets or lawn chairs. Moraga Commons Park, 1799 St. Mary’s Rd., Moraga, (925) 258-4599, mofd.org.

10 a.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakland is hosting a Remembrance Requiem Mass featuring the St. Paul’s Choir accompanied by members of Prometheus Symphony Orchestra. Members of the Oakland Fire Department will participate in the service. Bach’s B Minor Mass will be held at 4 p.m. on the same day. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland, (510) 834-4314, stpaulsoakland.org.

10 a.m.

The All Saints Episcopal Church of San Leandro is holding a commemoration mass to reflect, remember, and give thanks. The service will feature songs from Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, James Taylor and more. All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Blvd., San Leandro, (510) 569-7020, saintsalive.net.

11 a.m.

The First Congregational Church of Berkeley is including a special ritual of remembrance with their 11 a.m. service on September 11. At 3 pm., Verdi’s Requiem will be performed by a mass choir in the Sanctuary. At 4 p.m., a special Axis of Friendship event will take place at the Oakland Peace Center. United Church of Christ, 2345 Channing Wy., Berkeley, (510) 848-3696, (510) 848-3696, fccb.org.

12 p.m.

Impact for America presents “Never Forget,” a tribute to commemorate those serving the nation and those who have fallen in honor. The day-long event is held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and will feature carnival rides, games, food and music as well as a memorial. A ticketed evening event ($10) features a performance by American Idol finalist Jason Castro. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 321-8600, impactforamerica.com.

1 p.m.

Union City is hosting a memorial at Sugar Mill Landing Park for those who were lost on Flight 93. The park includes a monument of 40 one-tone stones representing the passengers and crew members. Sugar Mill Landing Park, Alvarado Niles Blvd. and Dyer St., Union City, (510) 471-3232, union-city.ca.us.

2:15 p.m.

“One World, One Community,” a ceremony hosted by Pleasant Hill religious and community groups will feature speakers, the Pleasant Hill Police Department, and the Hospice of the East Bay. The ceremony will be followed by music, food, and activities for children. Salfingere Park next to the Pleasant Hill Community Center on Taylor Blvd., Pleasant Hill.

3 p.m.

Grace Presbyterian Church of Walnut Creek is hosting an interfaith concert, with any faith community free to offer special music. Contact rogereaber@aol.com for information about participating. The concert will benefit the work of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, gracepresswc.org.

3 p.m.

Operation S.A.M. (Supporting All Military), an East Bay nonprofit that sends care packages to troops, is hosting a 10th anniversary “We Will Never Forget” tribute. There is also a sunset tribute scheduled at dusk. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, operationsam.org.

5 p.m.

Asbury United Methodist Church is hosting a Service of Prayer for Peace and Unity to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The interfaith service will feature leaders from a variety of world religions. Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave., Livermore, (925) 447-1950, asburylive.org.

5:30 p.m.

The Oakland Symphony Chorus with the Oakland Civic Orchestra will offer a free, participatory concert of Mozart’s requiem, conducted by Dr. Lynne Morrow. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Sister Cities will be in attendance. Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, oaklandsymphonychorus.org.

5:50 p.m.

The Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley hosts an observance for San Ramon Valley communities with featured guests, bagpipers, and a piece of rubble from the World Trade Center on display. A free community picnic with hot dogs and ice cream will follow. All Wars Memorial, Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Rd., Danville, (925) 275-2412, srvexchangeclub.org.

7 p.m.

Meet at the Clayton Fire Station, where more than 300 flags will be placed in the lawn, for a prayer- and music-filled candelight vigil walk to the flagpole at the end of Main Street. Attendees are encouraged to wear patriotic colors. The following weekend, four area churches partner with fire and police officers for a community service day. 6500 Center Ave., Clayton. For information, email christa.fairfield@stbonaventure.net.


We will update this list as we hear of additional events, so check back later. If you have an event to add, please let us know at d-mail@maildiablo.com.