The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) invites the community to visit the Sept. 11 memorial display at Fire Station 11 at 6500 Center St. in Clayton. (Courtesy Contra Costa County Fire Protection District)

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) invites the community to visit the Sept. 11 memorial display at Fire Station 11 at 6500 Center St. in Clayton. (Courtesy Contra Costa County Fire Protection District)

Bay Area hosts 20th anniversary commemorations of 9/11

Fire and police departments across the region pay tribute to those who died in atttacks

By Astrid Casimire

Bay City News

Around the Bay Area, police and fire departments will commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday with service events, flag ceremonies and memorials. The events will honor the thousands of people who died during the attacks, including 343 New York City firefighters.


The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will host a memorial display on the front lawn of Fire Station 11, 6500 Center St., Clayton. Community members are invited to visit the display, which opened Thursday and will on view through Monday. The display, which features the names and some faces of first responders who died during the attacks 20 years ago, represents anopportunity to learn about the lives of the firefighters and police officers of New York and New Jersey who died.


The Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley will hold a remembrance ceremony at 4:20 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road, Danville. The event features a flyover and a procession of the Scouts with American Flags Program and keynote speech by retired Maj. David Yuers, who worked for the U.S. Air Force. Visit


Fairfield’s Fire and Police Department will hold a remembrance ceremony at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Police Department Flagpole, 1000 Webster St., Fairfield. The event includes an invocation by the fire department’s chaplain, remarks from the chief of the police department and a bell ringing and flag ceremony. Visit


There will be a community gathering and candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the new Heritage Plaza, 835 C St., Hayward. Community members are invited to walk the plaza and leave memories and messages at memorial stations to honor people who were killed during the 2001 attacks. At 7:21 p.m., the candlelight vigil will begin with a moment of silence in the southeast corner of the plaza. Visit

Los Gatos

The Veterans Memorial and Support Foundation will host a ceremony at the Flame of Liberty Memorial at the Los Gatos Civic Center, 110 E. Main St., Los Gatos. There will also be a tribute concert at 12:30 p.m. at the same location. Visit


At 9 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a memorial ceremony at Devendorf Park in Carmel. U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valey, will be a featured speaker.

Palo Alto and East Palo Alto

Youth Community Service will coordinate the 2021 Mid-Peninsula National Day of Service and Remembrance on Saturday. There will be multiple sites and times for volunteer service in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto. Projects include food drives, card making, mural painting, gardening and clean-ups. Details and registration are available at People can also email or call (650) 858-8019. Volunteers are required to wear masks.

The Day of Service is the beginning of the week-long celebration “Palo Alto Together Again.” There will also be a multi-faith peace picnic and prayer service to honor the victims of 9/11 from 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. The service is organized by the American Muslim Voice Foundation and Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice. Register for the free service at


The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will host a remembrance ceremony outdoors at all 10 fire stations. The ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Community members, elected officials and city employees are all invited to attend the fire station of their choosing. There will be a moment of silence at 9:59 a.m. Alameda County District 1 Supervisor David Haubert will also host a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds Amphitheatre, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Attendees can park at the ACE Train Parking lot and enter at the Yellow Gate on Pleasanton Avenue. There will be speakers from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Alameda County Fire Department, Pleasanton-Livermore Fire Department, Camp Parks and a special guest speaker. Register for the in-person event at Register for the Zoom broadcast at


The Salinas Fire Department and Police Department will hold a remembrance ceremony for the public at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event takes place at the Salinas Fire Station 1, 216 W. Alisal St. and COVID-19 safety protocols and space restrictions will be in place. Community members and local fire and law enforcement agencies are invited to attend. There will be light refreshments.

San Francisco

A meal-packing volunteer event takes place at the Palace of Fine Arts at 3601 Lyon St. starting at 8 a.m. Volunteers will pack meals for people in need, working in two-hour shifts at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Volunteers and media will need proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and masks to participate. People can register for the event and view volunteer shifts at

Special guests at the event include Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who will speak and pack meals at the 8 a.m. shift. The event is organized by 9/11 Day, the national nonprofit in charge of the federal 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, along with HandsOn Bay Area and Kids Around The World.

San Jose

The San Jose Fire Department will host its 2021 Patriot Day 20th Year Commemoration event on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. First responders will gather and process from South Market Street and West San Fernando Street to Fire Station 1. Afterward, there will be a brief outdoor ceremony at 10:10 a.m. and a reception at 11 a.m. at the San Jose Fire Museum at 201 N. Market St.

Parking is available downtown and at the Fourth and St. John Garage, 50 N. Fourth St.

A virtual livestream of the event is available via Facebook at or via phone by calling (877) 853-5257 and entering webinar ID 943 8643 0680.

Santa Clara

The Santa Clara Fire and Police Department Honor Guard units will hold a remembrance ceremony at the Santa Clara City Hall flagpole on Saturday morning. The joint flag ceremony takes place at 6:59 a.m. The short event will conclude with bagpipes. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks. The event will be live-streamed on the Santa Clara Fire Department’s Facebook page at Video recordings will be available after the event on the city of Santa Clara’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Union City

There will be a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Flight 93 Memorial at Sugar Mill Landing Park, Union City. The park is located on the back side of the Union Landing Shopping Center. The ceremony will be shortened due to the pandemic and will include a statement from Vice Mayor Pat Gacoscos and memorial creator Michael Emerson and an invocation from Reverend Albert Valencia. To RSVP for the ceremony or ask questions, contact Lauren Sugayan at (510) 675-5400 or Union City’s Flight 93 Memorial is the first Flight 93 memorial in the country. The memorial comprises granite stones with the names of the passengers and crew members who died on United Airlines Flight 93, which terrorists hijacked on its way to San Francisco International Airport from Newark Liberty International Airport. The plane crashed in western Pennsylvania on the morning of 9/11. People are welcome to visit the memorial throughout the day.


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