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Multifaith Peace Picnic & Prayer Service to commemorate 9/11 anniversary - P2

At the conclusion of the Multifaith prayers, Rev. Frannie Hall Kieschnick, Episcopal Priest, called the audience to form a Candlelight Circle of Peace.Palo Alto 911B (19)

Rev. Frannie Hall Kieschnick  also read peace song by Maya Angelou:

"We, Angels and Mortal's, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation."

The gathering then join in singing Peace, Salaam, Shalom (composed by Pat Humphries and and Sandy Opatow).

Rev. Annanda Barclay and Rev. Kaloma Smith led the closing song:

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine

Before the Multifatih Prayers, the American Muslim Voice (AMV) the main spirit behind the 9/11 commemorative event, presented a program which began with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Meher Haider, a sixth grader from Saratoga.

Munira Shamim, a Graduate of Columbia University and a 2016 graduate from Santa Clara law school, was the emcee of the program which included color guard & flag posting ceremony by Troop 499 of Silicone Valley Monterey Bay Council was another feature of the program. Troop 499 serves their local community by serving food at their house of worship as well as at local charities.Palo Alto 911A (5)

Another highlight of the program was a personal heartwarming story by Antonio Aversano, the son of Louis F. Aversano, Jr., who was killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, 2001. Aversano's story moved the audience.

Little Naiel Chaudry, 8, from Los Alto  read a poem about Unity.

Summer Rashid,  a six year old resident of San Jose, read a poem by Bruno Mars, Count on me

Dr. Aifra Ahmed, a well known civil activist, offered vote of thanks. She particularly  thanked all the sponsors and co‐sponsors for sharing AMV's vision of a beloved, harmonious and peaceful world.

Co-hosts of the Sept. 11 Multifaith Peace Picnic & Prayers  Palo Alto 911B (64)

All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto American Muslim Voice

Anjuman-­e-­Jamali (San Jose Muslim Organization)

Baha 'i Community of Palo Alto

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Buddhist Peace Fellowship, West Bay Chapter Congregation Beth Am

Congregation Etz Chayim

Council on American-­Islamic Relations (CAIR-­SFBA)

First Baptist Church of Palo Alto

First Congregational Church of Palo Alto First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto

First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto

First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoPalo Alto 911B (47)

Heartbeat: A Journey toward Earth's Wellness Human Concerns Committee, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish (Catholic)

Keddem Congregation

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto

Peninsula Solidarity Network

Region 7, Sathya Sai Int'l Organization USA Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) Spark Church, Palo Alto

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto Trinity Church in Menlo Park (Episcopal) Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos University AME Zion Church of Palo Alto


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