When it comes to September 11, we all pay tribute in our own way. For some of us, that means remembering through silence and ceremony, like the memorial service at Civic Center this Sunday. For others, it means showing solidarity, like the Luxor taxi drivers whose fleet will be decorated with American flags for the weekend. And for some, it means asking questions to uncover the truth behind that day a decade ago.
Though our city is thousands of miles from Ground Zero, the impact of September 11, 2001 is evident even here. In the weeks surrounding the attack, San Franciscans banded together to provide blood drives, donations and countless volunteer hours to help support those in New York. In a press release outlining this weekend's memorial events, Mayor Ed Lee explained how San Francisco has grown from the event:
“The attacks on 9/11 represent a great tragedy, and although we were 3,000 miles away, the loss is certainly felt in our city. It is important to me and to the people of San Francisco that we honor the fallen including San Francisco heroes Betty Ong, Mark Bingham and all others who died that day, and take time to reflect on what that day means for all of us,” said Lee. “The world changed that day, but keeping our city safe remains my highest priority. Working together with city agencies and law enforcement, our city is stronger than it was on 9/11, more prepared and more resilient than ever.”
This weekend, on the tenth anniversary, San Francisco flags will fly at half staff and Coit Tower will glow red, white and blue. The city will be alive with performances, ceremonies, festivals and remembrances to honor those lost on September 11, and to celebrate our lives going forward.
Check out slideshow below for a preview of September 11 activities throughout the city: