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Danville set to host annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

This year's keynote speaker will be FBI Special Agent Jack Bennett

In recognition of the first responders and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists, as well as the military members who serve around the world, Danville will once again be hosting its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the All Wars Memorial.

Held every year on Sept. 11 by the Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley, the event will feature public officials from throughout the East Bay speaking about that fateful day, with this year’s keynote speaker FBI Special Agent John F. “Jack” Bennett.

Bennett, who is the current FBI special agent in charge in San Francisco, was in the New Jersey FBI building across from the World Trade Center, witnessing the attack first hand.

As an investigator assigned to the attack, town staff say “(Bennett’s) immersion in interviewing the survivors to find clues to the terrorists brought forth intense memories that will stay with him forever. We are grateful for his families’ return to the Bay Area when he was appointed head of the region in San Francisco in 2016.”

As in years past, Danville’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will include more than 100 scouts, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Honor Guard and bagpipers, as well as the Monte Vista High School student choir.

Residents interested in reserving a seat for the ceremony can contact Danville’s Vice Mayor Karen Stepper at 998-8865 or councilstepper@yahoo.com.

The 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11, at the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road in Danville. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend, residents who RSVP for a reserved seat will need to arrive at 4:55 p.m.

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