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Elgin, Carpentersville conduct remembrance ceremonies

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  • A fire house bell is rung in honor of the firefighters who lost their lives in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2001 during the city of Elgin's Sept. 11th ceremony Wednesday in front of the police department.

       A fire house bell is rung in honor of the firefighters who lost their lives in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2001 during the city of Elgin's Sept. 11th ceremony Wednesday in front of the police department.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin Police Chaplain Carl Ball bows his head during the invocation at the city's Sept. 11th ceremony Wednesday.

       Elgin Police Chaplain Carl Ball bows his head during the invocation at the city's Sept. 11th ceremony Wednesday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Sandra Woolcott wipes away a tear before joining the Mood Makers Barbershop Quartet in a rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at Wednesday's Sept. 11th ceremony.

       Sandra Woolcott wipes away a tear before joining the Mood Makers Barbershop Quartet in a rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at Wednesday's Sept. 11th ceremony.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Carpentersville Fire battalion Chief Bob Beattie spends some time with students from Parkview Elementary School who attended Wednesday's Sept. 11th ceremony at Fire Station 1.

       Carpentersville Fire battalion Chief Bob Beattie spends some time with students from Parkview Elementary School who attended Wednesday's Sept. 11th ceremony at Fire Station 1.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Carpentersville Fire Department Chaplain Dexter Bell and Assistant Fire Chief John Skillman, left, pause during prayer Wednesday during the Sept. 11th ceremony.

       Carpentersville Fire Department Chaplain Dexter Bell and Assistant Fire Chief John Skillman, left, pause during prayer Wednesday during the Sept. 11th ceremony.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter places a wreath at a memorial while "Amazing Grace" plays during Wednesday's Sept. 11th ceremony.

       Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter places a wreath at a memorial while "Amazing Grace" plays during Wednesday's Sept. 11th ceremony.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Students from Parkview Elementary School who attended the Sept. 11th ceremony Wednesday at Carpentersville Fire Station 1 file past some of the more than 400 flags representing the first responders who lost their lives 12 years ago.

       Students from Parkview Elementary School who attended the Sept. 11th ceremony Wednesday at Carpentersville Fire Station 1 file past some of the more than 400 flags representing the first responders who lost their lives 12 years ago.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

Twelve years after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ceremonies were held in the Fox Valley to reflect and to commemorate the lives lost.

As early-morning rain showers gave way to sunshine Wednesday, the symbolism wasn't lost on those in attendance.

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"Sept. 11th always starts with rain, and the rain showers are there for us to remember the sorrow that we experienced on that day," Elgin event emcee Tricia Dieringer said. "But there's always the sun. And the sun is even more important than the sorrow that we experienced on that day. The sun is our resiliency as a nation, how we come back and how we overcome the grief of that day."

The Elgin Fire Department bell ringers conducted a "Sounding of the Bells" in remembrance, a rifle salute and taps echoed near the Elgin Police Department and City Hall. Judson University President Gene Crume offered a reminder of why Patriot Day is special.

"Sept. 11th is a time for community, for all communities, to recognize and say thank you to our friends and neighbors and patriots and individuals who gave so much on that day, and continue to give so much on all the days since then," he said.

In Carpentersville, approximately 100 students from Parkview Elementary School filed past a row of more than 400 American flags placed in front of the Firefighter/Sept. 11 memorial at Fire Station 1. The flags represented the first responders who gave their lives that day helping others.

"This is the 12th year and we are going to continue this tradition for the kids," Carpentersville Assistant Fire Chief John Skillman said. "Every year we want to remember."

Village president Ed Ritter also placed a wreath at the memorial in honor of those who perished.

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