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US West Coast Plans Sept. 11 Commemorations

Events honoring victims of the terror attacks of last September 11th will take place around the United States. An interfaith service at the city's new cathedral will culminate a series of local observances.

There will be morning ceremony at both city and county offices in Los Angeles, and a moment of silence at noon. Then, local civic leaders, fire fighters and police officers will attend a commemoration at the new Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

The service will begin with a call to prayer from the Jewish and Muslim traditions. That will be followed by a Sikh prayer and readings from the Jewish and Christian scriptures and the Koran.

The actress Anjelica Huston will serve as master of ceremonies, and musician Burt Bacharach will lead the choir in singing All the World Needs Now is Love.

In other places of worship and at community centers, there will be smaller observances. Some will involve California families that lost loved ones in the East Coast terror attacks. Others will feature local people who went to New York to help with the rescue effort.

One of them, Norma Kelley, is a financial analyst who volunteered at "ground zero" in New York. She says that following her experience counselling survivors, she decided to become a full-time crisis counsellor. She describes what September 11th taught her. "... that I can be a strength to these people, that I have that to give," she said. "It focused what I consider my future."

There will be other commemorations of the September 11th attacks in communities throughout the Western United States, including an observance to the strains of Mozart's Requiem in Hawaii.

There will also be added security, with additional police on the streets and at public places like the airports.