San Francisco, CA — Police and fire sirens are silent now in San Francisco after sounding for two minutes as the city remembers the 1906 earthquake.
The sounding of sirens followed a moment of silence at 5:12 a-m today as San Francisco honors those who died in the city´s worst disaster.
Today´s events includes a gathering of thousands of people at Lotta´s Fountain. The fountain served as a meeting place for survivors of the earthquake. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom placed a wreath at the fountain, a tradition that goes back more than 85 years. He heralded the city´s pioneering spirit and says it should give optimism to disaster survivors around the world that they, too, can rebuild.
But this morning´s ceremony is taking on a special significance because it is the 100th anniversary of the quake. Later his morning the city´s firefighters will host a “parade for the people.” The parade is scheduled to start at 10:00 at City Hall and end at Justin Herman Plaza. An estimated 500 San Francisco firefighters are expected to take part in the parade, as well as firefighters from around the Bay Area.