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News - August 19, 2011

911 tribute planned at Fairgrounds on 10th anniversary of attacks

Impact for America schedules daylong events, American Idol at night

by Jeb Bing

Impact for America, part of a national ministries group, will hold a special event Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the 911 terrorist attacks and to honor Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Called the "Never Forget" tribute, the ceremony will mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks and will include special events starting at noon. Although open to the public free of charge, a ticketed evening event will start at 7 p.m. in the fairgrounds' amphitheater, featuring a live performance by American Idol Jason Castro. Reserved seating will be available with ticket prices starting at $10.

Event organizers estimate that more than 15,000 will attend the day-long tribute, which will include rides and attractions for families sponsored by local businesses, churches and organizations, food booths, live stage events and a "Never Forget Flash Mob."

Veterans' organizations, including Pleasanton Military Families and the Diablo Valley Flag Brigade, are among the sponsors. Members of these organizations and the Warriors Watch Riders will also be part of a parade planned for the event to honor victims of the 911 attacks.

Impact for America is a division of Impact Ministries. It states on its Website that it is "dedicated to bringing unity and community to all Americans in their home towns." More information is available at www.impactforamerica.com.


Posted by toni, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 22, 2011 at 4:19 am

FYI everyone

Posted by Informed & Involved, a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

Thank you to those in our community who are working to honor those who gave their all 10 years ago on September 11. Let's set aside our religious and political opinions in an effort to honor the memory of true heros. Will there be Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens, Tea Party, etc., in attendance, we should all hope so. Will there be people of a variety of religions & no religion, we should all hope so. Will there be people from various ethnic groups, we should all hope so. Will our community be better off by honoring the fallen, we should all hope so...

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Never Forget offers the community a wonderful opportunity to honor the fallen while supporting the local economy.

Posted by jo, a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Aug 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

who cares.?

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Fairground management, vendors, the people with parking concessions and the paid staff at Never Forget for starters!

Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

With all that has happened in the past 10 years in our country as a result of 9/11 (economically, politically, militarily, and particularly with respect to our constitutional rights), 9/11 itself isn't a simple event any more. But it does matter to remember the event, how Americans pulled together, stopped being so rude and snarky with one another, and honored some of our truly valuable citizens: fire fighters and other emergency workers. These are the people we as a community train, pay, respect and yes, give generous pensions to. And we should.

Posted by Manuel, a resident of Valley Trails
on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:00 am

Somebody's always out there trying to make a buck off of others' painful sufferings.

"Honor fire fighters and other emergency workers?" You are joking, yes? You're talking about how Republicans have at every juncture attempted to deny the 911 responders' medical claims? Pulling together? Yeah, right.

Posted by Tiger Jim, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:25 am

The 9/11 Vultures....

NEW YORK -- Americans eager to give after the 9/11 terrorist attacks poured $1.5 billion into hundreds of charities established to serve the victims, their families and their memories. But a decade later, an Associated Press investigation shows that many of those nonprofits have failed miserably.

There are those that spent huge sums on themselves, those that cannot account for the money they received, those that have few results to show for their spending and those that have yet to file required income tax returns. Yet many of the charities continue to raise money in the name of Sept. 11.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

What's going to happen with the money collected? Who get it? Will it be distributed? You're being watched very closely Tea Prty!