Des Plaines firefighters, police officers and residents honored the memory of those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the attacks in which terrorist-piloted planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.
The city's Sept. 11 memorial, which includes wreckage from the World Trade Center site, served as a backdrop to the morning ceremony outside city hall.
Speakers included chaplain David Haley, Mayor Matt Bogusz, Police Chief Bill Kushner and Fire Chief Alan Wax. Police and Fire Commissioner Deb Lester sang the national anthem and "Amazing Grace."
Other remembrance ceremonies were held throughout the suburbs, including in Elgin, Waukegan, Naperville and Wheaton.