Coast Guard admiral, Pearl Harbor survivors will appear at 9-11 remembrance

Stepper: 'We're hoping that parents wants kids to understand this'

It's Danville's turn to host a 9-11 remembrance event, and town Councilwoman Karen Stepper is promising big things, including the Coast Guard's actions following the crash of two planes into the World Trade Center.

"Rear Admiral Mary O'Donnell -- She's going to talk about the greatest maritime evacuation ever," Stepper said. "The coast around the island of Manhattan was evacuated. It's an amazing story. Nobody knows about that."

The Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley and local veterans' organizations are hosting the annual event; Danville and San Ramon switch off the location every year.

"We hope to have a fly-over again," Stepper said, adding, "We focus a lot on kids -- a lot of these (younger) kids weren't around on 9-11. We're hoping that parents wants kids to understand this."

More than 200 Boy Scouts are expected to turn out to display American flags, along with about 20 members of Monte Vista High School's leadership program and members of Ken Abrams' San Ramon Valley High School choir.

The Exchange Club is also sponsoring an essay contest offering cash prizes to elementary, middle and high school students, with the essay entitled "How 9-11 influenced volunteerism in America."

There will also be a joint Police and Fire Department Honor Guard, a bagpiper and a dove release. Additionally, survivors of Pearl Harbor will be available for questions about Dec. 7, 1941, "the day that will live in infamy."

The ceremony will begin at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 and wrap up by 6:40. It will be held at All Wars Memorial in Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road, Danville.

Immediately following, there will be free ice cream, Crackerjacks and bottled water.

Sponsors include PG&E, AT&T, Pacific Rim Recycling, White Wing Dove Release, Danville's Hot Summer Nights Car Show Team, The Marchi Group of Wells-Fargo Advisors and Vietnam Helicopters Inc.

Information about the event is at the Exchange Club's website or through Stepper at 275-2412.


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Posted by Diane
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

Councilwoman Stepper -

Great idea to feature the spontaneous and courageous actions of those who evacuated the Manhattan coastline in 2001 as part of the 9-11 remembrance. While not as widely known as many of the events that transpired that horrific day, it is not told often enough.

Mr. Wohitmann:

The 9-11 attack and subsequent tragedies, acts of heroism, acts of charity, and uniting of our nation were too large and important to be remembered at an event that "...will begin at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 and wrap up by 6:40."

Please reconsider your choice of the words 'wrap up,' which too flippant and disrespectful of the day and its consequences. This tribute will not 'wrap up.' It will likely be closed by a formal ceremony marking the gravity of the day.


Diane of Alamo

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Posted by Aubrey
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

As describe, this "event" is lukewarm when compared to the events Veteran's organizations hold each year.

"Immediately following, there will be free ice cream, Crackerjacks and bottled water. " - Is this event a remembrance or celebration???

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