Northwest suburban police, firefighters, veterans and dignitaries gathered on the Maryville Academy campus in Des Plaines this morning to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and honor the victims and heroes of that day.
Former Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins was among the event's speakers, recalling her experience flying into Reagan International Airport near Washington, D.C. moments after the Pentagon was hit by a hijacked passenger plane.
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Former Des Plaines Mayor Tony Arredia served as master of ceremonies for the solemn event, which also featured speeches from Cmdr. Michael Lake of Des Plaines Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2992, Kevin O'Connell, chief of the investigations division for the Illinois Attorney General, and Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax.
Participants laid a ceremonial wreath in remembrance of victims and Cpl. Marshal Macri of the Marine Corp Band San Diego closed the ceremony with the playing of "Taps."