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Newsfront - September 5, 2008

Sept. 11 is a time for remembering

The Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley in cooperation with the Town of Danville is again sponsoring a 9-11 Remembrance Service for Valley residents at the All Wars Memorial in Oak Hill Park on Stone Valley Road. The 45-minute program will include a bagpiper, a release of doves, and guest speakers U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Nick Tooliatos and Andy Swartzell, a Ground Zero firefighter responder.

Hundreds of Scouts will take part with a flag salute, as well as a police and fire department color guard, and a military salute battery with howitzer cannons. The program begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, and everyone is invited.

An important part of the remembrance, said organizers, is an essay contest for middle and high school students on "How 9-11 Changed the Lives of First Responders." First prize is $250; second, $150; third, $100, to be presented at an Exchange Club luncheon at Faz restaurant in Danville.

Essays of 250-300 words are due by 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22, and must include the writer's name, school, grade, street address, city and ZIP code, telephone number and e-mail address. E-mail entries to

After the remembrance, historical documents will be on display in the Oak Hill Community Center.

--Staff reports