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Remembrance

Napa Valley ceremonies Saturday will mark 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Napa remembers Sept. 11 attacks

Napa's 9/11 memorial. A ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will take place Saturday.

The passage of 20 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be marked by memorial observances in Napa County.

Yountville’s 9/11 Memorial will be the site of the county’s first ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, and will include a moment of silence at the moment when the second of the World Trade Center’s twin towers fell in New York City.

Later, Napa will host an observance at its downtown 9/11 Memorial on Main Street, while American Canyon will mark the anniversary with an event outside the city’s Public Safety Building on Donaldson Way East.

Napa

Napa Sunrise Rotary will organize the city’s remembrance of the attacks Saturday at the 9/11 Memorial Garden at 1075 Main St., which includes a monument, dedicated in 2011, that incorporates steel beams from the collapsed World Trade Center in New York and glass panels etched with the names of those who died in the 2001 attacks. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and is expected to last about an hour.

Bernie Narvaez, a Sunrise Rotarian and Marine Corps veteran who serves on the Napa City Council, will deliver opening and closing remarks at the event. The keynote speaker will be Tom Knepell, who will share stories of relatives and friends lost on 9/11, according to Narvaez.

The Napa ceremony also will include a moment of silence, as well as a prayer by Rabbi Niles Goldstein of Congregation Beth Shalom, the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Kellie Fuller, the playing of taps, a “salute to heroes” by American Legion Post 113 Cmdr. Robin Mueller, a benediction by Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, and bagpipe performances of “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful” by Rhett Grant.

For information about the Napa observance, contact Narvaez at 707-339-2727 or napabernie@gmail.com.

Afterward, the Jarvis Conservatory at 1711 Main St. will host a special screening of “A Visual History of the World Trade Center.”

Directed by Monte Diamond, the half-hour film is composed of four segments retelling the World Trade Center’s history over 27 years – from their construction to their place in New York filmmaking to the exploits of Philippe Petit walking a tightrope between the twin towers, and finally to bravery on the day of the 2001 attack.

Four screenings are scheduled in Napa on Saturday, at 1, 2:15, 3:30 and 4:45 p.m. Admission is free but an online reservation is required.

To make a reservation or for more information, contact the conservatory at 707-255-5445 or jarvisconservatory.com

American Canyon

American Canyon’s police and fire departments will jointly organize a 20th Commemoration 9/11 Ceremony, to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. The observance will take place at the Public Safety Building, 911 Donaldson Way East.

Speakers will include Mayor Leon Garcia and Napa County Sheriff Oscar Ortiz, according to Laura Provencher, spokesperson for the American Canyon Fire Protection District.

The Public Safety Building, home to American Canyon’s police and fire agencies, hosts a 9/11 monument that includes a steel collar from the World Trade Center and was dedicated for the 15th anniversary of the attacks in 2016.

Updates on the event are available at American Canyon Fire’s Facebook page, facebook.com/AmCanFire.

Yountville

“Remembering 9/11: 20 Years Later” in Yountville will be Napa County’s first memorial observance on Saturday. The event will begin at 7 a.m. and take place in the plaza of the town Community Center at 6516 Washington St., according to Mayor John Dunbar.

A minute of silence will be observed at 7:28 a.m., the exact time (10:28 a.m. EDT) the World Trade Center’s north tower fell. (The south tower, the second to be attacked on 9/11, collapsed 29 minutes before its twin.)

Yountville’s ceremony also will include remarks by Dunbar and public safety officials, along with public reflections and tributes in music and poetry.

Participants will gather near a town memorial composed of a 53-inch-long, 300-pound steel fragment of the collapsed World Trade Center. Yountville dedicated its display for the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2011.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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