Still Time to Observe Day of Service and Remembrance


As I hung my flag outside my home this morning, it took me back to that awful day 11 years ago when, after watching the terrible events unfold on the TV, I spontaneously hung the flag outside to show solidarity with my country and the victims of the attacks.

More than a decade later, I am glad that we have more ways to honor the victims than just a symbolic flag raising. Today is officially known as a Day of Service and Remembrance, and many organizations, like HandsOn Bay Area, have designated the entire week a time to serve others.

If you’re looking for ways to make this day meaningful, there is still time to get involved. A few events are happening tonight, and there are some spots left to volunteer with a HandsOn project. Or take the commemoration into this weekend, and sign up for one of numerous service events. You can also get involved less formally by committing to do something kind for someone else today.

Read on for a list of ceremonies, multifaith events, and volunteer opportunities.

Remembrance Ceremonies

Danville:  5:50 p.m., All Wars Memorial, Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Rd. Hosted by The Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley and local veterans’ groups.

Lafayette/Walnut Creek:  4 to 8 p.m., at the largest overpass flag display in the state, El Curtola Bridge over Highway 24 (24 to Pleasant Hill Road exit, turn on Old Tunnel Road, go to top of hill). Ceremony and candlelight vigil features the United States Volunteers and their flag-folding ceremony, the Blue Star Moms and the Lafayette Boy Scouts Color Guard.

San Jose: 6 p.m., Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park permanent 9/11 memorial site, corner of Monterey Road and Curtner Avenue.

Multifaith Peace Picnic in San Jose

5-7 p.m., James P. McEntee, Sr. Civic Center Plaza, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street San Jose. Hosted by the American Muslim Voice Foundation and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese.

Interfaith Prayer Service in Campbell

8 p.m., Campbell United Methodist Church, 1675 Winchester Blvd. This annual event to promote greater understanding between faiths includes Muslim prayers, as well as prayers of other faiths, followed by discussion. Co-sponsored by the African Fellowship of Campbell United Methodist and the New Creation United Methodist Church.

Volunteer Events

These calendars show events happening for the rest of this week. A few spots remain open for events tonight through HandsOn Bay Area.

HandsOn Bay Area

All for Good

What are you doing to remember 9/11? Tell us in the comments!