Three hundred and forty-three American flags greeted the morning on the lawns of Menlo Park Fire Protection District stations today to remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
Firefighters placed the markers, one for each NYFD firefighter who died on 9/11, on Tuesday night and lowered the district's flags to half-staff in preparation for the anniversary. A service was held in Redwood City at 5:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center, according to Interim Fire Chief Daniel Belville.
The fire district sponsors California Task Force 3, a search and rescue team that arrived in New York City six days after the attack to help recover remains.
There will be a "multifaith peace picnic" to promote cross-cultural friendship in downtown Palo Alto's King Plaza tonight. It is sponsored by the American Muslim Voice Foundation, the City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission and Santa Clara County Dave Cortese.