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DuPage memorials focus on America's sadness -- and strength

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  • Cindy Matuszak of Bensenville bows her head during a moment of silence at the Villa Park September 11th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony Sunday.

       Cindy Matuszak of Bensenville bows her head during a moment of silence at the Villa Park September 11th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The speakers at a 9/11 ceremony in Addison are silhouetted by a video presentation Sunday during Addison's September 11th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony.

       The speakers at a 9/11 ceremony in Addison are silhouetted by a video presentation Sunday during Addison's September 11th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Doves are released during a 9/11 10th anniversary ceremony Sunday at the Commander Dan Shanower Memorial in Naperville.

       Doves are released during a 9/11 10th anniversary ceremony Sunday at the Commander Dan Shanower Memorial in Naperville.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Senior Pastor Matt Woodford, left, listens as Daniel Walisiak talks Sunday about his fiancÚ, Susan, who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His presentation was part of a 10th anniversary Remembrance Service for 9/11 at Fisher Middle School in Aurora. It was organized by the Springbrook Community Church.

       Senior Pastor Matt Woodford, left, listens as Daniel Walisiak talks Sunday about his fiancÚ, Susan, who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His presentation was part of a 10th anniversary Remembrance Service for 9/11 at Fisher Middle School in Aurora. It was organized by the Springbrook Community Church.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • American Airlines flight attendant Patty Kolomay, American Airlines pilot John Wright, and Danny Stelter of the Carol Stream Fire Protection District ring out the returned to quarters code Sunday morning, at the exact time the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. It was part of the Carol Stream Fire Protection District's September 11th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at Glenbard North High School.

       American Airlines flight attendant Patty Kolomay, American Airlines pilot John Wright, and Danny Stelter of the Carol Stream Fire Protection District ring out the returned to quarters code Sunday morning, at the exact time the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. It was part of the Carol Stream Fire Protection District's September 11th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at Glenbard North High School.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino expressed heartfelt gratitude Sunday for the firefighters, police officers and civilians who risked their own safety to help others on Sept. 11, 2001.

He talked about a friend of his who lives and works in New York and dove into the rubble at the World Trade Center site in an effort to reach survivors. His friend now deals with respiratory problems, Saverino said.

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"He, like others, didn't know what he was getting into," he said. "But I'm sure they didn't care. They just rushed in to help."

Saverino was one of the speakers at a memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks Sunday morning at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream. The service was one of many such services held in DuPage County Sunday.

The services included video presentations, songs and moments of silence. Many in the crowds carried American flags and dabbed their eyes with tissues when reminded of the devastation caused 10 years ago when terrorists deliberately crashed jet airliners into the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon building just outside Washington D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania.

The services also were a time for local residents to thank and honor their own police officers and firefighters.

"I think we do take them for granted a little bit," said Naperville resident Donna Carmichael, who attended her city's service at the Dan Shanower Memorial behind city hall. The memorial is named for a Naperville native who died in the attack on the Pentagon.

Looking out on the hundreds of people who attended Naperville's service, Mayor George Pradel said the attacks, as tragic as they were, showed the resiliency of the American people.

"Our hearts are saddened, yet also strengthened, as we go forward in this great country of ours," he said.

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