Suburbs to remember Sept. 11 with ceremonies, services

Communities across the suburbs will observe the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with remembrance ceremonies. (click at the bottom of the page to see all of the remembrances in the suburbs…)

The Aurora fire and police departments will host the city’s annual September 11 Memorial Ceremony.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, Aurora’s public safety officials will be joined by city leaders and community members at the Aurora Central Fire Station, 75 N. Broadway Ave.

Marking the 22nd anniversary of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the ceremony will feature a presentation of colors, remarks of remembrance and reflection, and a wreath-laying ceremony by the Aurora Fire and Police honor guards.

A special bell tolling and moment of silence will be held at 7:46 a.m. CST, the minute the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center.


The Exchange Club of Naperville will host Naperville’s annual Sept. 11 remembrance event at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial, located along the riverwalk behind the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. In case of rain, the event will be held in the city council chambers.

The Naperville Municipal Band will begin playing music at 5:45 p.m. The speaker is Dan Bacso, founding member of American Pride Inc.

As a survivor of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Basco provides his personal and chronological account of the activities, challenges and heartbreak of that fateful day. Brief remarks will be given by Naperville Mayor Scott A. Wehrli, Police Chief Jason Arres and Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis.

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