Many ways to commemorate 9/11

Local churches, other organizations plan events to observe the 10-year memorial

With music and song, candlelight and prayer, the 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered on the Midpeninsula throughout the day on Sept. 11, 2011.

In addition to interfaith memorial services, there will be a polo benefit for soldiers injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as a commemoration of a monument made from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

Schola Cantorum will be performing a concert at the Stanford Memorial Church.

"This event will be a fitting way for all of us who participate to pay tribute -- whether as performers on the platform or as members of the audience seated in the congregation," said Gregory Wait, Schola's conductor and music director.

Flying flags to remember

Close to 3,000 flags at the corner of Newell and Embarcadero roads will provide the backdrop to a Memorial Event at 9 a.m. Sunday. Following a brief ceremony remembering those who lost their lives, Mayor Sid Espinosa and the Palo Alto City Council will add the last flags.

Afterwards, participants are invited to walk to Eleanor Pardee Park, at 851 Center Drive, to visit the city's 9/11 memorial site.


Tribute concert

A memorial concert, featuring Mozart's "Requiem in D Minor," will be performed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Stanford Memorial Church. Featuring the 80-voiced Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum, the free concert is part of a National Requiem of Remembrance, with 60 choruses performing across the country, rolling across the country hour by hour, ending in Hawaii.

Robert Huw Morgan, Stanford's university organist, will play with the choir.


A Sunday of remembrance

Trinity Church in Menlo Park is holding a remembrance service at 5 p.m. Sunday that will include representatives from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, and is open to everyone.

"Our hope is not only to provide a simple prayer service to allow members of the community to pause, remember, reflect and pray for healing, but also to demonstrate that members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities can come together in a way that promotes healing and peace," said the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, rector of Trinity, an Episcopal church located at 330 Ravenswood Ave. at Laurel Street in Menlo Park.

In addition to Trinity clergy, participants will include Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, senior associate dean for religious life at Stanford University; Rabbi Paul Shleffar, founder and director of the Center for Contemporary Jewish Spirituality; Shahzad Chowdry, who is part of the ING's Islamic Speakers Bureau, an outreach organization that promotes inter-religious understanding.


Pathways to Peace

An interfaith community gathering will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The "Pathways to Peace: 9/11 Memorial Service" will include music, prayers and a candlelight vigil.

The service, which will be held in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, is free and open to all.

Information: Call Elisheva Salamo at 650-223-8618

Polo benefit in Atherton

Honoring combat soldiers on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Menlo Polo Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

The event raises funds for organizations that aid in the physical rehabilitation of severely injured American soldiers returning from combat duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The event will include an opening ceremony, wine tasting, two polo games, a carriage driving display and a silent auction.


Commemorative monument

A commemorative monument, highlighted by a piece of twisted and rusted steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center Towers, will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade firehouse, 13889 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside.

Protected by ribbons of steel in the shape of a globe, the piece of wreckage is mounted on top of a 3-foot stone pillar, located in a small garden adjacent to the firehouse.

"This monument will serve as a constant reminder of the first responders as well as the military and everyone who helps protect our homes and country," said Steve Johnson, a member of the brigade and coordinator of the unveiling.

Information: Steve Johnson at 650-851-8447 or

— Palo Alto Weekly and Almanac staff

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Posted by Walter Underwood
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Sep 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Walter Underwood is a registered user.

The Palo Alto Fire Department will observe a minute of silence at four times, observing the times when each tower was struck and when they fell. Firefighters will be at attention at each station.


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Posted by Ken
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

"Close to 3,000 flags at the corner of Newell and Embarcadero roads will provide the backdrop to a Memorial Event at 9 a.m. Sunday. Following a brief ceremony remembering those who lost their lives, Mayor Sid Espinosa and the Palo Alto City Council will add the last flags."

Will all these flags be American flags? The reason I ask is because Palo Alto leaders have a very strong tendency to avoid any uncomfortable truths. I could imagine that the flags they put up will be a mixture of international flags, including Islamic states.

We were attacked by fundamentalist Muslims on 9-11. The fundamental issue is the Quran, which demands that nonbelievers be killed or subjugated. Will Palo Alto leaders speak the truth in the face of PC restraints? Will they, at least, request our human rights commission to examine the Quaran as hate speech?

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Posted by adam
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

it has been said ,that what you see ,you believe. but really, it is what you BELIEVE is what you SEE. meaning if you see another people a certain way, they will look that way to you. you are choosing to believe others are inferior to your beliefs. and your life experience reflects your beliefs.

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Posted by Ken
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

"it is what you BELIEVE is what you SEE"

Good point, adam.

If you believe that the Quaran is a book of peace, you will not see the evil that is embodied in it. And you will not understand 9-11.

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