LONG BEACH and OCEAN PARK - The city of Long Beach will be joining with local church organizations on Sunday, Sept. 11 for observances to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy which took the lives of over 3,000 people.

Long Beach Mayor Dale Jacobson noted that the city of Long Beach was planning on doing an observance of its own, however invitations to participate from other organizations made it apparent that there could be too many competing observances.

"One of the purposes of the Sept. 11 observance is to bring the community together," said Jacobson. "Rather than having numerous events, I think it would be more appropriate for the community to join hands at a couple of gatherings."

The city of Long Beach will be participating in the Peninsula Church Center Sept. 11 observance in Seaview at noon.

Jacobson invites the public to join the Long Beach Fire and Police Departments in participating at these services.

The city of Long Beach employees will be encouraged to wear red, white and blue that day. All city flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Sept. 11.

A special memorial service recognizing the anniversary also will be held at Peninsula Assembly of God Church, 26310 Ridge Avenue, Ocean Park on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

This memorial service will feature special music and recognition of firefighters, police, military and civil servants, including the city of Long Beach. The Rev. DeWayne LaPointe, pastor of Peninsula Assembly of God, will deliver the sermon. The public is invited to attend.

A statewide memorial will begin at noon Sept. 11 at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle and will include the governor, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, King County Executive Ron Sims, religious leaders, rescue workers, choral groups and others.

After a statewide moment of silence, Gov. Gary Locke will lead the memorial service honoring "everyday heroes," a tribute to people who make a profound difference in their communities - from firefighters, police officers and emergency services workers to volunteers at nonprofit organizations, community groups and countless others.

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