In San Francisco, peace activists will gather at Ocean Beach near Fulton Street from 7:30-8:30 PM for an environmentally friendly bonfire. The event is part of the nationwide “TweetUp for Peace” campaign, which is pretty much what it sounds like: a nationwide gathering of Twitter users to honor the fallen, and compensate for all the tweeting they couldn’t actually accomplish on 9/11.
For every San Franciscan who can’t forget when they saw the towers fall, there is another who can’t forget the first time they saw Loose Change on YouTube. Tomorrow marks the 8th annual Truth Rally in support of the NYC Coalition for Accountability Ballot initiative, which seeks to get a ballot for a new, independent investigation of 9/11. The march will start in the Panhandle and culminate in Golden Gate Park for the 11th annual Power to the Peaceful Festival. Hopefully the march will be somewhat less politically self-serving than the 9/11 Film Festival.
Commemorations throughout the rest of the Bay Area will be a bit more traditional. In Lafayette, a flag brigade will fly on the El Curtola Road overpass, with food, musical presentations, and an 8 PM candlelight vigil to accompany.
The Unity Marin Church in Novato will hold a memorial at 11:20 AM, as part of their two day symposium of peace related workshops.
In San Jose, off-duty firefighters, police officers, and volunteers will gather at Sacred Heart Community Services to help raise vegetable beds and clean up the neighborhood, as part of the first annual National Service and Remembrance Day. Mayor Chuck Reed will join the volunteers at 6:15 PM for a speech honoring Gold Star families who lost loved ones, and Blue Star mothers whose children continue to serve in 9/11 related conflicts.