Sept. 11 remembrance in Danville to feature local media

by Eric Louie
Contra Costa Times
September 9, 2009

There will be two remembrances of the Sept. 11, 2001 in the San Ramon Valley.

There will be a free concert in San Ramon and another event featuring local media personalities talking about their experiences at Oak Hill Park in Danville.

Sponsored by the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley the Danville event will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 at the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road.

The 45-minute program will include Lisa Vorderbrueggen of the Contra Costa Times, Tori Campbell of TV station KTVU and Mark Curtis of MarkCurtisMedia.com.

Karen Stepper, president of the club and a Danville city councilwoman, said the format differs from past programs in which military officials spoke. This is the fourth year the event has been held, with past events drawing between 300 and 900 attendees.

"It's important their stories be told too," Stepper said of those who worked spreading the news on the day of the attacks.

For more information, visit the Exchange Club Web site at www.srvexchangeclub.org.

The club is also organizing a news story writing contest for students, with the topic being "What If You Were There on 9-11?" First prize is $300, second is $200 and third is $100. Contestants are encouraged to attend the Sept. 11 event and get an application there. Applications are also available at the club website. Submissions are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 Stepper said contestants can live outside the San Ramon Valley.