Eleven years after more than 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks, anniversary commemorations will be held at all three sites on Tuesday, but in a more modest fashion that reflects both the passage of time and the nation's continued need to pause, reflect and nurse lingering wounds.
In New York, ceremonies will begin at 8:39 a.m. at the National September 11 Memorial, with a pipe and drum band leading a procession to the stage. As in previous years, there will be moments of silence at the times when planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pa.,and when the towers collapsed.
In Washington, scaled-down services at the Washington National Memorial will replace the larger commemoration of years past. A worship service will begin at 8:45 a.m., with others at noon and 5:30 p.m. There will be a moment of silence at Arlington National Cemetery at 9:37 a.m. and a private ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial.
In Shanksville, Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Flight 93 National Memorial, where the last hijacked plan crashed. Services began at 9:30 a.m., and will include a moment of silence at 10:03 a.m. and the reading of the victims' names.
Here in the Bay Area, there will be many memorial events as well.
• Fireman's Fund Insurance Company is holding a remembrance event to recognize all those affected by the tragedies, including 343 firefighters who lost their lives 11 years ago. The event is open to members of the public. The Novato Fire Honor Guard will present colors and local Bay Area firefighters will also be attending.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Fireman's Fund headquarters, 777 San Marin Drive, Novato
Speakers: Fireman's Fund Chief Executive Officer Lori Fouché and Novato's Fire Marshal/Battalion Chief Bill Tyler
• 9/11 Memorial Commemoration at Gilroy PD
Members of the community are invited to a 9/11 Memorial Commemoration this Tuesday, September 11, 2012. We are asking those attending to arrive at 8:00am at the flag pole area in front of the Police Administration Building on the corner or 7th and Hanna Streets. The ceremony will run approximately one hour. Please join us.
When: Tuesday, Sept, 11, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Gilroy Police Dept.
More info here
* San Francisco Fire Department Invites the Public to September 11th Remembrance Ceremony
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, marks the eleventh year since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Each year on this date, the San Francisco Fire Department respectfully holds a remembrance ceremony for the Emergency Responders and civilians who perished in the tragic events of 9/11. The remembrance ceremony takes place at all 43 Fire Stations. Members of the public wishing to observe the ceremony and honor the fallen of the World Trade Center, New York City, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia and the crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania are invited to go to their local Fire Station to do so.
6:45a PST – Apparatus roll out of bays, flanking the driveways on both sides.
6:58a PST – Fire Department personnel assemble at attention in front of individual Station flag pole (or central location in front of station).
6:59a PST – Time of South Tower Collapse – Apparatus bell rings 3-3-3- (3 sets of 3 chimes each). This signifies “The Last Alarm”.
7:00a PST – Lower Station flag to half staff, observe one minute of silence.
7:02a PST – Recognition Service – Read names aloud of each of the 343 Firefighters from FDNY.
The Chief of Department and Mayor Ed Lee will be participating at Station 7.
* Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Event
The anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 will be observed in a brief ceremony hosted by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD). The agenda includes some brief comments from the Fire Chief, the ceremonial ringing of the bell in memory of those who died in the line of duty, and the traditional playing of bagpipes. Members of both the Livermore Police Department and the Pleasanton Police Department will also be in attendance.
When: 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11
Where: The flagpole outside of Fire Station Number One at 3560 Nevada Street in Pleasanton.
American Muslim Voice Foundation hosts picnic in San Jose
American Muslim Voice Foundation and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese invite fellow Americans to Multifaith Peace Picnic on September 11 for an evening picnic. The initiative, dubbed “Miracle Movement of Peace and Friendship” is part of American Muslim Voice’s larger goal to move Americans "from fear to friendship”, by expanding the sense of community at a grassroots level.
When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: James P. McEntee Plaza, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose