Organizations plan commemorative events

10-year anniversary of 9/11 marked by art,benefits

Trinity Church in Menlo Park is holding a remembrance service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, that will include representatives from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, and is open to everyone.

"Our hope is not only to provide a simple prayer service to allow members of the community to pause, remember, reflect and pray for healing, but also to demonstrate that members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities can come together in a way that promotes healing and peace," said the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, rector of Trinity, an Episcopal church located at 330 Ravenswood Ave. at Laurel Street in Menlo Park.

In addition to Trinity clergy, participants will include:

● Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, senior associate dean for religious life at Stanford University. She is Stanford's first chaplain from a tradition other than Christianity and is coordinating President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge at Stanford.

● Rabbi Paul Shleffar is founder and director of the Center for Contemporary Jewish Spirituality. He is a student and teacher of traditional Jewish texts with emphasis on the Chasidic and Jewish mystical traditions.

● Shahzad Chowdry is representing the Muslim community. An electrical engineer by profession, he is part of the ING's Islamic Speakers Bureau, which is an outreach organization that promotes inter-religious understanding.

The service will include prayers and brief readings from the sacred scriptures of the three faith traditions, and feature music from John Phillip Newell's work, "Chanting for Peace."

At the end of the service, everyone will be invited to light a candle and move to the outdoor Peace Pole, where they can leave their candle at the base of the pole as a symbol of longing for peace.

Polo benefit

Honoring combat soldiers on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Wounded Warriors Polo Benefit will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Menlo Polo Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

Now in its second year, the event raises funds for physical rehabilitation of severely injured American soldiers returning from combat duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This year the tournament will benefit two local organizations that rely on charitable donations to assist injured veterans: the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy in Woodside, and Quality Of Life Plus, a nonprofit that provides customized prostheses for injured veterans.

The event will include an opening ceremony, wine tasting, two polo games, a carriage driving display, and a silent auction.

The sponsor is St. Francis Commandery (Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller).

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Commemorative monument

A commemorative monument, highlighted by a piece of twisted and rusted steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center Towers, will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade firehouse, 13889 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside.

The event celebrates the National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor fallen firefighters and 2,977 other victims who were killed in a terrorist attack 10 years ago.

Protected by ribbons of steel in the shape of a globe, the piece of wreckage is mounted on top of a 3-foot stone pillar, located in a small garden adjacent to the firehouse, some six miles south of Highway 92.

"This monument will serve as a constant reminder of the first responders as well as the military -- and everyone who helps protect our homes and country," said Steve Johnson, a member of the brigade and coordinator of the unveiling.

The public is invited to the event. The monument was built with contributions from the local community.

— Almanac staff

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