Bay Area 9/11 memorial events

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text"> Visitors look out over the crash site of United Flight 93 at the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Gene J. Puskar&#41;</span></div>
September 11, 2008 6:15:16 AM PDT
In honor of the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Bay Area cities and organizations will hold memorials Thursday.

The San Francisco Fire Department will hold a remembrance ceremony for the emergency responders and civilians who died in the terrorist attacks and their families, according to fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.

The fire department will mirror the exact minutes various components of the attacks took place.

At 6:59 a.m., the exact time the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed, an apparatus bell will ring three sets of three chimes each, Talmadge said.

The fire department's flags will be lowered to half-staff at 7 a.m. and will remain at half-staff all day. At 7:02 a.m. there will be a recognition service that will including a reading aloud of the names of each of the 343 firefighters from the New York City Fire Department who were killed.

A memorial wreath presentation will take place at the San Jose Fire Station 1 Memorial Bell at 225 N. Market St. at 7:15 a.m.

The Union City mayor and City Council are hosting a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the Flight 93 Memorial site in Sugar Mill Landing Mark at Dyer Street and Alvarado Niles Road across from the Union Landing shopping center, according to the Union City Police Department.

In Oakland thousands of musicians will participate in the Sister-Cities International Seventh Annual September Concert.

This year's anthem is "Let It Be" by the Beatles. The music festival will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Oakland City Hall at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

Ceremonies will take place in Marin County with Roots of Peace, an organization that pays tribute to the events of Sept. 11, by getting children worldwide to collect pennies to rebuild schools and soccer fields in war-torn regions of Afghanistan.

At the Bahia Vista Elementary School in San Rafael at 8:30 a.m., students will launch the Fifth Annual Roots of Peace Penny Campaign, which includes having Mary Jane Burke, the superintendent of schools in Marin County, plant bulbs for peace on campus.

At 10 a.m. a procession of community residents will walk one block in San Rafael in honor of Lauren Grandcolas, a San Rafael resident who died aboard United flight No. 93.

At 11 a.m. a ceremony will include bells that tolled warning during World War II playing "Let There Be Peace on Earth" as a tribute to the lives lost in the U.S., Afghanistan and Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001.

The Santa Clara Countywide Medical Response System will conduct a large-scale training exercise in Morgan Hill beginning at 1 p.m.

The exercise will include a multi-jurisdictional response and will involve fire, law enforcement, emergency medical service ambulance service providers, public health department and hospital personnel throughout the county.

The exercise will take place at 18550 DePaul Drive in Morgan Hill.


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