List of 9/11 events throughout the suburbs

Daily Herald report
Updated 9/7/2011 5:32 AM

Ten years after the attacks of 9/11, the suburbs will ring in the anniversary in many ways: Through memorial services, religious services, concerts, fundraisers, and ceremonies that say thank you to the first responders among us.



• Addison Chamber of Commerce & Industry offers American flags to sponsor for $100. The flags will be displayed on light poles in the village through the end of November, when they are returned to the sponsors. Flags must be purchased by Sept. 11. Info: (630) 543-4300.

• The Addison Fire Protection District and Addison Police Department participate in a ceremony at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at Addison Trail High School, 213 N. Lombard Road. Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkasitis is the keynote speaker. The commemoration includes a procession of police and firefighters, bell ceremony and bagpipers. Info: (630) 628-3100.

• Sunny Place Church of God holds a memorial service at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at 901 E. Oak St. Info: (630) 530-1830.


• St. Margaret Mary Knights of Columbus Council 11091 invite the community to attend a special memorial service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Seven local police and fire departments have been invited to be part of the service. St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church is on Route 62 at the Fox River in Algonquin.


• A candlelight tribute is planned for the William E. Brooke Memorial Bandshell, 902 Skidmore Drive, Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. It will include guest speakers. Participants are encouraged to bring a candle, but it is not required. For details, call (847) 838-4032.

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Arlington Heights

• Interfaith Prayer Service: The Children of Abraham Coalition, a suburban group of Muslim, Jewish and Christian teens and adult religious leaders, will lead an interfaith prayer service for peace at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at North School Park, Arlington Heights Road and Eastman Street. Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder will offer a welcome and the Arlington Heights police and fire department honor guard will begin and end the service. Clergy and teen leaders from the three Abrahamic traditions will lead the service. In case of rain, it will move to the St. Viator High School auditorium, 1213 E. Oakton St.

• Service of Remembrance: The community is invited to remember lives lost and heroism shown, in word and music, contemplation and prayer at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1234 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights Road at Olive Street.


• Aurora will honor victims of the Sept. 11 attacks with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the Central Fire Station, 75 N. Broadway Ave.

• A 9/11 10th Anniversary Remembrance Service is held by Springbrook Community Church at 10 a.m. at Fisher Middle School, 1305 Long Grove Drive, Aurora. Daniel Walisiak, whose fiancé perished in the World Trade Center South Tower, shares his journey of loss and healing. Info: (630) 355-9590 or


• 9/11 remembrance: 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Barrington Memorial Park, Lincoln Avenue and Hough Street. The ceremony will honor America and those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Seating is available at 8:15 a.m.



• Flag ceremony: Village of Bartlett and Bartlett Heritage Days host a community flag ceremony, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, around the flagpole at the village hall, 228 S. Main St. A moment of silence, rifle salute, the playing of taps and singing of "America the Beautiful" are included. Mayor Michael Kelly will open and close the ceremony. American Legion Post 1212 and the Bartlett Fire Protection District will participate.


• The Bensenville Library will host "Libraries Remember" and will be open for 24 hours. The library will be sponsoring many hands-on activities including one to benefit Helping Hands between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Guests will put together emergency bags of items for victims of fires that will be donated and will include travel-sized items such as shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap and hair brushes.

• Bensenville will sponsor a commemoration in honor of the 10th anniversary at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Bensenville Fire Station at the intersection of York and Jefferson streets.


• Bloomingdale Church holds an annual service that honors police and firefighters who arrive in a silent parade at the front drive of the church at 8 p.m. at 264 Glen Ellyn Road. Info: (630) 894-0090.

Buffalo Grove

• Never Forget: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Buffalo Grove High School, Dundee and Arlington Heights roads. Presented by the village of Buffalo Grove, the Buffalo Grove Arts Commission and Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band, the event features Village President Jeffrey Braiman, a combined honor guard from the Buffalo Grove police and fire departments, a fire department bell ceremony, speakers from the military and local clergy, and music by the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. Wayne Messmer returns to perform with the band, narrating Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait" and singing his rendition of the national anthem.

Carol Stream

• A steel section from the World Trade Center will be dedicated as a memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks during a ceremony at 8 a.m. at Glenbard North High School, 990 Kuhn Road. The keynote speaker will be Roger Burgess, assistant principal at Wheaton Christian Grammar School. Burgess was a teacher of Todd Beamer, who became known for his heroic actions on United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa. The event also will feature the Carol Stream Fire and Police Honor Guard and the Glenbard North Band and Gold Tone Choir, accompanied by bagpipers from the Carol Stream fire and police and Chicago fire departments.


• The Carpentersville Fire Department will dedicate the Carpentersville Fire Department Firefighter/9-11 Memorial at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at 213 Spring Street, Carpentersville. An open house will follow. The fire department is looking for past department members. They can call the fire chief at (847) 344-7300 or email to to arrange their attendance at the dedication of the Carpentersville Fire Department Firefighter/9-11 Memorial.

• A Healing Field 9/11 Memorial will be held today, Sept. 7, through Sept. 11, in Carpenter Park. This special event will honor the nearly 3,000 men and women who died on Sept. 11, 2001. American Flags, one for each, spanning across Carpenter Park. The display is open to the public and free. You can support this event through donations and flag sales for the Patriot Committee Charities. Purchase a flag and your flag will be flown for the five day event. Then take it home and continue flying it. The flag can honor anyone. For more information, visit

Crystal Lake

• The McHenry County College Student Life Office is hosting a remembrance at the Peace Pole on the cafeteria patio at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. A short ceremony will include a moment of silence, a brief keynote speech, followed by refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, nearly 3,000 mini American flags will be displayed in the adjacent courtyard to represent the number of deaths from the Sept. 11 attacks.


• Darien-Woodridge Fire District unveils and dedicates an I-beam taken from the World Trade Center collapse at a ceremony at 8:45 a.m. at the fire station, 7550 Lyman. A moment of silence is observed at 8:59 a.m., the exact time the first building (the south tower) collapsed. A Darien resident who was in the south tower when it was struck by the jet also speaks. The memorial will be on permanent display at the fire station. Info: (630) 910-2207 or (630) 514-1693.


• A Sunday ceremony on the front lawn of the Deerfield village hall begins at 1:30 p.m. with music performed by the Deerfield High School Warriors Marching Band. Members of the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District and the Deerfield Police Department will perform an honor guard ceremony at 1:45 p.m. At 2 p.m., in the village board council chambers, Rabbi Aaron Melman of Temple Beth Shalom of Northbrook will speak about his personal experiences as a student chaplain for the New York Fire Department on Sept. 11. This program will be broadcast on cable channel 10 and will be available on-demand at later that week. It is sponsored by the One Book One ZIP code Committee, the village of Deerfield, and the Deerfield Public Library.

Des Plaines

• Ten-year remembrance: Oakton Community College President Margaret B. Lee and Des Plaines Mayor Martin Moylan host the commemoration, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Oakton, 1600 E. Golf Road. Features the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, comments from Lee and Moylan and a ribbon ceremony to honor the approximately 3,000 victims of 9/11. For details, contact Veteran and Workforce Specialist Vince Donahue Jr. at (847) 635-2632.

• Des Plaines fire and police departments, American Legion Post 36 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2992 will host a 9/11 Memorial Dedication and "Patriot Day" Ceremony at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, outside the Des Plaines Civic Center, 1420 Miner St. The ceremony will unveil the Des Plaines 9/11 memorial, highlighted by a 114-pound beam salvaged from the remnants of the World Trade Center. Deputy Fire Chief Ron Eilken will emcee; wreath presentation, color guards and a keynote address by U.S. Navy Commander Lee Donaldson, executive officer of the Navy Recruiting District based at Great Lakes. The Rev. Charlie Schlax will offer the invocation; Donna Grady will sing the national anthem; and Bugles Across America will play taps. The Glengael Pipe band also will perform. Parking is available in the Metropolitan Square Garage.

East Dundee

• Immanuel Lutheran Church, 310 E. Main St., East Dundee will hold a Prayer Service "The Ten Year Remembrance of 9/11/01: What Do You Remember When ..." at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Immanuel has invited first responders from the community to join in a time of prayer and praise.


• On Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn will host a Service of Remembrance for all who lost their lives 10 years ago in the attacks. Local clergy participating include the Rev. Gary Augustine of Elburn Hill Church, the Rev. David Kletzing of Hope Anglican Church, and the Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie of Community Congregational Church. The service, which is open to all, will be held at 5 p.m. Visit


• At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, the Elgin Choral Union, along with the city of Elgin and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, present A Concert of Remembrance -- a collaborative performance to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This moving concert features John Adams' Transmigration of Souls, written shortly after the attacks to exemplify the emotions and complexities of the tragedy; and Johannes Brahms' Requiem, often referred to as the Human Requiem, written for the living as they remember those who have passed on. The concert also will feature performances by Elgin Choral Union, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Voices, Elgin Children's Chorus, and Elgin OPERA. Tickets are on available by calling the Hemmens' box office at (847) 931-5900 or visit

• Preceding the concert at 1:30 p.m., join the City of Elgin for a Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony at Civic Plaza, 150 Dexter Court, behind city hall, featuring a presentation of the colors, performance of The Star Spangled Banner, "God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace," welcoming remarks by City of Elgin Mayor David Kaptain, sounding of the bells, rifle salute, Taps and more.

For more information about the ceremony, call (847) 931-5677.

• Women of Grace and Dignity will hold its Sept. 11 Commemorative Luncheon with the theme, "I will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!'," Psalm 91:2. Women of Grace and Dignity, a local women's organization, is preparing to honor policewomen, fire women, paramedics, chaplains, clergy, EMTs, doctors, nurses, and veterans. The luncheon event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at The Centre of Elgin Centre Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Liz Hopp at (847) 888-2648 or Dr. Clare Ollayos will emcee the event which will feature special awards celebrating women from the local community. The luncheon features nationally known speaker and author Peggy Joyce Ruth. Her book, "Psalm 91: Real Life Stories of God's Shield of Protection," is often referred to as a manual for prayer. Complete information is available at

• Elgin Community College will have a ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, near the current Student Resource Center entrance on the east side of campus. The ceremony will rededicate the new dedication of the Peace Pole that stood on land that is now between the ATC and new library. ECC Police Officer Laurie Hermesdorf will give the keynote address about the importance of first responders.

Elk Grove Village

• Memorial Ceremony: 8:30-10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Fire Station 7, 101 Biesterfield Road. Residents are invited to join the village-sponsored ceremony to honor and remember those who lost their lives and to honor those who continue to fight for our freedom and safety.

• Service, picnic and concerts: Sunday, Sept. 11, at Elk Grove Baptist Church, 801 Beisner Road. Service at 10 a.m., followed by a picnic and two concerts throughout the day. A homemade quilt will be raffled to support The Heart Of A Marine Foundation, founded in honor of service personnel who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. or


• Geneva's FoxFire Restaurant will host its second annual chili cook-off at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Paired with the end of the Festival of the Vine, the cook-off is $5 and registration is ongoing. FoxFire is at 17 W. State St., Geneva, (630) 232-1369.

• Geneva High School will hold a ceremony from 7 to 7:25 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Glen Ellyn

• Baet-ul-Jaamay mosque, 2S510 Route 53, will hold a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. as part of Muslims for Life, a nationwide campaign led by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community that seeks to gather 10,000 units of donated blood during September to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. An interfaith discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. with prayers by Islamic, Christian and Jewish leaders will accompany the blood drive.

Glendale Heights

• The village observes Patriot Day with a silent parade of police and fire vehicles and a candlelight service at 7:15 p.m. at village hall, 300 Civic Center Plaza. For details, call the mayor's office at (630) 909-5302 or visit

• The village is expecting 10,000 U.S. flags to decorate the front yards of every home, business and park in the village to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a project supported by GlenOaks Hospital and local officials. Shortly after the attacks 10 years ago, the village of Glendale Heights posted flags around neighborhoods and commercial areas as a show of solidarity following the attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon.


Cub Scout Pack 91, the villages of Grayslake and Hainesville, school districts 46 and 127 and many community organizations will host an American Heroes Community Celebration on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grayslake North High School, 1925 N. Route 83. The formal program begins at noon featuring local leaders and patriotic music. The event will honor men and women who serve in the military, police, fire and public works departments. It is free and open to the public. Service members are encouraged to wear their uniforms. For information, contact Michele Bauman, Cub Scout Pack 91 at (847) 514-7087.

Great Lakes Naval Station

• The base will be the destination for the Fort2Base run on Sunday. The run will start at Fort Sheridan in Highland Park. Runners will run for 11.5 miles along Green Bay Trail and finish the last 3.45 miles inside Naval Station Great Lakes. For information about the run. visit


• The Gurnee Exchange Clubs will host the 10th annual Community Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Viking Park, 4580 Old Grand Ave. The event is free and open to the public. It will include presentation of the Exchange's 2010 Fire Employee of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Civilian Police Employee of the Year awards, So Proudly We Hail Award, and a special honoring of the Lake County fallen. Speakers will include State Sen. Suzi Schmidt, Gurnee Mayor Kristina M. Kovarik and Capt. Pete R. Lintner, Commanding Officer Training Support Center Naval Station Great Lakes. Members from the Gurnee Police and Fire Honor Guard, public works department, Gurnee Park District, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts of America, 2011 Gurnee queens and various elected and local leaders will attend. The Navy Band Great Lakes, RTC Great Lakes Recruit Honor Guard Division 945 and the Gurnee Grade School Singers will perform.


• The Hampshire Fire Protection District will host "A Salute to Patriotism" Sept. 11. Join the group at the fire station on Washington Avenue for an evening of celebration, remembrance and a salute to patriotism. A silent parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The route will be west to Prairieview Parkway; south on Prairieview across Route 72 to Schmidt Drive; continue northeast to Jack Dylan Drive; continue north to Lake Lane; continue west to White Oak Street; continue north to Panama Avenue; continue west to State Street; continue north to Washington Avenue and continue east to the fire station at 202 Washington Ave. Once the parade passes, come to the fire station for the program at 7:30 p.m. Parking after 6:45 is available at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the parking lot next to the post office. Street closures will be on Washington from Maple to the west to Ask on the east; Elm will be closed at Washington. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. at the fire Station, including a posting of colors by the American Legion, Memorial Services led by Gavin Brandt department Chaplain and the Hampshire High School Chamber Orchestra will play "adagio for Strings," which was played 10 years ago at the World Trade Center's Memorial Service. Also playing will be the Dundee Scottish Pipe band. The service will close with the VFW and American Legion's 21 Gun Salute, Echo Taps played by Hampshire High School Trumpeters and the American Legion will retire the colors. All attendees are asked to join the open house with coffee, punch and cookies.

Hanover Park

• Honoring the first responders: 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Hanover Park Fire Station No. 1, 6850 Barrington Road. Honors firefighters and police who gave their lives on 9/11 and all those who have died in the line of duty since. Hanover Park police and fire departments will lower the flags to half-staff and present two wreaths, one dedicated to firefighters and the other dedicated to law enforcement officers. Music from Tim Hess on bagpipes, the Gospelites and the Allison Wonder Band. If it rains, the ceremony will be moved inside to the apparatus bay.

Hoffman Estates

• Memorial Ceremony: The village board and the Celebrations Commission invite residents and guests to a memorial ceremony, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at the village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Hoffman Estates resident and Schaumburg Fire Department Lieutenant John Schneidwind will be the speaker of honor. Light refreshments served. For information, contact Boards and Commissions Assistant Sue Lessen at (847) 781-2606.


• Huntley Fire Protection District, Station 1, 11808 Coral St.; Station 2, 10590 Reed Road; Station 3. 12400 Regency Parkway; Station 4, 4151 W. Algonquin Road. Station 4 will hold a Patriot Day Commemoration Ceremony, Dedication. Welcome and Introduction will be at 8:30 a.m., with Presentation of colors, HFPD Honor guard, Pledge of Allegiance, Start Spangled Banner -- Commission Steve Berry. A History of Station 4 will be at 8:40 a.m. The purpose and function of new station will be presented by Deputy Chief Ken Caudle and Ringing of Bell with HFPD Honor Guard will be at 8:59 a.m. with Chief James Saletta. One Minute of Complete Silence will be at 9 a.m.; Amazing Grade performed by Amy Lutzow-Laukota at 9:01 a.m. and Blessing of Station 4 and Engine 944 will be conducted by the Rev. Ron Woodruff and Pastor Kangse Lee at 9:10 a.m. from 9:10 to 10 a.m. light refreshments will be served and station tours will be available. A 9-11 Service at Christ United Methodist Church will be held at 10 a.m. The ceremonies are in memory of 341- FDNY Firefighters, 2- FDNY Paramedics, 23- NYPD Officers, 37- Port Authority Police, 8- EMT's and Paramedics from private EMS units, 246- All four airplane passengers, 2,605- Employees/visitors in towers and 125- Employees at Pentagon.


• Ground zero artifacts: Palatine Rural Fire Protection District will unveil a piece of steel from the World Trade Center and display other ground zero artifacts at its open house, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the fire station, 35 Ela Road. Park at Holy Family Parish, 2515 Palatine Road; free shuttle service. Smoke house, live fire and sprinkler demonstrations; emergency vehicles on display and rappelling demonstrations. (847) 991-8700.


• The Itasca Police Department, Itasca Fire Protection District and Itasca VFW Post 5167 will conduct a memorial service at 4:30 p.m. at Usher Park, Irving Park Road and Walnut Street. Info: (630) 773-0835 or

Lake Villa Township

• A remembrance is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Caboose Park, 37908 N. Fairfield Road. It will honor first responders and the men and women from the community who have served in the war on terrorism. First responders, armed services representatives, local government representatives, and area churches will recognize, honor and pray for safety and continued success in the war on terror. The keynote speaker is Navy Region Midwest Chief of Staff Capt. Caroline Nielson.

Lake Zurich

The Lake Zurich High School Choir will perform two concerts Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. in the performing arts center at the high school, 300 Church St. "In Remembrance" is a tribute to those who died 10 years ago. The concerts will be open to the public and free, but donations will be collected for charity. For information contact Nick Juknelis, director of Vocal Music at Lake Zurich High School.


• The annual DuPage Day of Service and Remembrance is planned for 11 a.m. in the Thornhill Education Center at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53. The ceremony will include music, speakers and the presentation of a video titled "Everyday Heroes in DuPage County." The event is being organized by the Morton Arboretum, Giving DuPage and DuPage County. Space is limited and reservations are required. To sign up to attend, visit dupagedayof Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food donation for the Northern Illinois Food Bank to the event.

• Benedictine University holds "A Day of Remembering, Healing and Forgiving" beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13, in the quad area on campus, 5700 College Road, Lisle. The day will include remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 1983 bombing of American and French military housing in Lebanon. Info: (630) 829-6090.

• St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church holds a prayer service starting at 4 p.m. at church, Kingston Avenue and Front Street, Lisle. Info: (630) 963 -- 4500 or


• The Lombard fire and police honor guards will lead a silent procession at 7 p.m. heading east from Elizabeth Street and Maple Avenue to the Maple Street Chapel at Maple and Main Street, with extra space provided in the multipurpose room at First Church of Lombard. A brief ceremony to honor victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and those who helped in the aftermath will be held in the chapel with a speech from Village President Bill Mueller, music by the Glenbard East Madrigal singers and a "last call" ringing of the fire bill.


• From 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, the Mundelein Fire Station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road, will dedicate its 9/11 memorial that includes a piece of steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers. The dedication will feature fire and police color guards, bag pipe band, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, Grand Dominion Singers and a 21-gun salute. There will also be a one-minute villagewide moment of remembrance at noon and a brief memorial commemoration at 1 p.m. in the Kracklauer Park Gazebo during the Mundelein Arts Festival.

Mount Prospect

• Community ceremony: 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, on the Village Green at village hall, 50 S. Emerson St. Remarks from Mayor Irvana Wilks, state Rep. David Harris, Fire Chief John Malcolm and a representative of the Mount Prospect Police Department. The Rev. Russ Bechtold, Northwest Assembly of God Church, will give the invocation; the Prospect High School Honors Choir will perform "In Remembrance" by Jeffery L. Ames. At noon, the village will participate in "Stop and Remember," which asks everyone to cease all regular activity for one minute to honor the victims of Sept. 11, as bells and sirens sound.


• Naperville native Cmdr. Dan Shanower and others killed in the attacks are honored at a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Sept. 11/Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial behind the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Richard Porterfield, whom Shanower served under as a senior officer, is the keynote speaker. The Exchange Club of Naperville also hosts a flag-raising ceremony along Jackson Avenue, during which time Jackson, from Eagle to Webster streets, is a no-parking zone from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Two World War II search lights representing the World Trade Center's Twin towers that fell during the attacks are on display from dusk to 11 p.m. Sept. 8-11 behind the municipal center.

• One Naperville Project and Naperville Interfaith Association hold "9/11 Community Event: Remember, Release, Renew" in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the tragic events on Sept. 11 starting at 4 p.m. in North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Includes family art projects to promote tolerance and compassion; an introduction to the Charter of Compassion; and readings, poems, music and reflections by people of different faiths. At 6 p.m. participants proceed from Wentz Hall to the Riverwalk amphitheater for closing songs, readings and meditations. Info: (630) 355-1748.

Notre Dame High School, Niles

• Mass to Honor First Responders: Notre Dame College Prep will hold its annual Mass at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9. All first responders are invited to attend, and wear dress uniforms if possible. President Rev. John Smyth and Executive President Rev. Raymond Klees will celebrate the Mass, outside at Our Lady's Grotto on the campus of Notre Dame College Prep, 7655 W. Dempster St.

Oak Brook

• A ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Oak Brook Library, 600 Oak Brook Road. The event includes speeches by some village officials and local clergy, as well as a moment of silence and the lowering of the American flag to half-staff.

Oakbrook Terrace

• The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corps holds a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Heritage Park, 1S325 Ardmore Ave. The event also includes lunch served from 1 to 3 p.m., family games and music by the Salvation Army Brass Band. Free. Info: (630) 808-4165.


• The village of Palatine will join thousands of other communities across the nation with a national moment of remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 11. A memorial procession will begin at fire station No. 85 on Colfax Street and end at the downtown Palatine Firefighter's Memorial, Slade and Brockway streets. Beginning at 11:45 a.m., officials will gather at the memorial site for a ceremony. Wreaths will be placed at the site, along with 415 flags, representing the 343 fire department members and 72 law enforcement members who lost their lives responding to the terrorist attacks. The village also encourages all churches and other organizations to join in by ringing their bells at noon for one minute.

• Harper College ceremony: 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Palatine campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road. Ceremony emceed by Justin McDermott, student trustee and U.S. Army veteran. Also speaking: Maham Kahn, Harper College alumnus, on "10 Years and Counting: A Reflection From a Muslim-American." Reflections and readings, and the placement of 2,819 small American flags, one for each life lost on 9/11. Harper President Ken Ender will speak about "9/11: Ten Years Later." Music by the Cathedral Brass Quintet. (847) 925-6242;

• An Interfaith Service of Memory, Healing and Hope will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept 11, in the Performing Arts Center at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Twelve faith communities are involved, with most based in the Northwest suburbs. "It's a time to both grieve the losses and tragedies and to recognize the kinds of new relationships and better understandings of one another that many of us have found and the possibility of better understanding and greater cooperation and hope for the future," said Rev. Hilary Landau Krivchenia, minister of Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist in Palatine, (847) 359-8440. Another organizer is Rev. B. J. Birkhahn-Rommelfanger of the Church of the Incarnation in Arlington Heights, (847) 956-1510.

Park Ridge

• Spirit of Hope Concert: Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players in concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave. The Chicago Philharmonic is made up primarily of Lyric Opera Orchestra members and other top-tier professional musicians from the Chicago area. Haydn's Quartet Opus 74, No. 4 "Sunrise"; Samuel Barber's "Dover Beach" for Baritone and String Quartet; Quartet in A minor, Opus 51, No. 2 by Brahms and Variations for String Quartet on "Amazing Grace" (9/11 commemoration) arranged by Ben Wedge. $15 advance, $20 at the door ($5 less for age 65-up). Children free.; (847) 866-6888.

• HopeFest 2011: Starts with a 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, ceremony on the front steps of Maine East High School commemorating an artifact from the World Trade Center donated to the city of Park Ridge and to honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a day of remembrance and HOPE-affirming volunteer action. Tributes to local first responders, blood drives, family friendly CPR classes, disaster response/relief class, food pantry collections, cleanup and repair projects, and elderly care for our local nursing home residents. Closing ceremony, 3 p.m. at Maine East High School. To see the complete list of projects,

Prospect Heights

• Benefit music fest, pig roast: 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Sept. 11. Rocky Vanders Bar and Grill, Palwaukee Plaza, Milwaukee and Willow roads. In memory of those killed on Sept. 11; donations benefit the Wounded Heroes Foundation and Tribute to the Troops. Mayor Nick Helmer will judge muscle car contest on Sunday. City officials encourage everyone to fly their American flags on Sept. 11. (847) 459-9678;;


• Countryside Funeral Home and Roselle American Legion Post 1084 will sponsor "Freedom Walk" at 3 p.m. The walk is part of a nationwide "Freedom Walk" effort being hosted by the national network of veteran and family memorial care funeral homes. It will depart from Countryside, 333 S. Roselle Road, and head to the American Legion post, 344 E. Maple Ave. At the post, a ceremony will include a color guard, remarks by the Roselle village president and police chief, flag-folding and a bugle performance. Cookie donations are needed. For details, call (630) 529-5751.

Round Lake area

• A ceremony is set for Sunday, 5 p.m. at the Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. Speakers include Round Lake Beach Mayor Rich Hill, Round Lake Mayor James Dietz, Round Lake Heights Mayor Jean McCue, state Sen. Suzie Schmidt and the Rev. Lisle Kaufman. The event includes: a bell ringing ceremony by the Round Lake Fire Department; a 21-gun salute by the Round Lake Beach Police Department; patriotic songs by the Round Lake High School Choir. Call (847) 201-9032 or rlbeachcenter


• Village remembrance ceremony: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Veterans Gateway Park, southwest corner of Schaumburg and Roselle roads. Hosted by Schaumburg VFW Post 2202 and featuring the Schaumburg Fire and Police Color Guard, Mayor Al Larson leading the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation and benediction by Father Paul Sims and a wreath ceremony introduced by state Rep. Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg.


• Remembrance ceremony: Streamwood's fire and police departments will hold a small remembrance ceremony at both fire stations on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 11. At 9:58 a.m., officers and firefighters will assemble for the lowering of the American flag, a bell ceremony and a moment of silence.

St. Charles

• Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a special worship service at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The service will be outdoors, weather permitting, or in the church's Sanctuary if the weather is poor. The Service of Remembrance and Hope will include prayerful, contemplative music based on the tradition of Taizé in France, a place of pilgrimage and reflection that draws people from around the world. The focus of the message will be from the apostle Paul: "Neither things present, nor things to come … will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Those attending the service will be able to remember their own experiences of Sept. 11. Baker Memorial Church is in downtown St. Charles, at Fourth Avenue and East Main Street. For more information. call the church at (630) 584-6680.

• Hosanna! Lutheran Church will have a special worship, "Never Forget … Hope," a service of remembrance for 9/11, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. All in the community are invited to attend. For information, contact the church office at (630) 584-6434 or email at Hosanna! is at 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles.

Sugar Grove

• The Sugar Grove American Legion will hold "Remembrance of 9/11" from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. There will be a moment of silence along with a presentation and raising of a flag that flew over ground zero in 2001 at Sugar Grove Veteran's Park, on Main Street alongside the railroad tracks. At 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Sugar Grove American Legion Mike Fagel, who was a 9/11 responder for the Department of Justice in 2001 will give a presentation on "9/11/01 -- 9/11/11: How Far We've Come in the Last 10 Years." Fagel teaches Homeland Security at Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University. Fagel works supporting the Department of Homeland Security at Argonne National Laboratory he was deployed to the Mideast in 2005 and has spent more than 25 years in the fire service.


• On Sunday, Sept. 11, the McHenry County Historical Society Museum at 6422 Main St., Union will open free to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. The historical society hopes that visitors will take a few moments while visiting to sit and read the local recollections from Sept. 11, 2001 that area residents wrote. For information on the society, its museum, membership, mission, programs and volunteer opportunities, call (815) 923-2267 or check the website at

Vernon Hills

• Those who died in the terrorist attacks 10 years ago will be honored in a ceremony Sunday at noon in front of Mario Tricoci at Westfield Hawthorn Mall at routes 21 and 60. It will include an honor guard entrance, guest speakers and musical performances. The event is part of the Vernon Hills Police Department's 7th Annual Law Enforcement Exhibition at the mall on Sept. 10 and 11. Information can be found at under the tab "Upcoming Events."

Villa Park

• A ceremony is held during Oktoberfest at noon Sept. 11 at Lions Park, 320 Wildwood. Dennis Geiseman, commander of VFW Post 2801, is the keynote speaker. The Royal Airs Sr. Exhibition Drum and Bugle Corp perform and Villa Park resident Nora Moriarty sings "God Bless America." Info: (630) 834-8525.

Wadsworth (Beach Park, Newport, Winthrop Harbor, Zion)

• "The Echoes of Lost Voices" memorial service is hosted by the fire departments of Quad One North (Beach Park, Newport, Winthrop Harbor and Zion) Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 15000 Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth. It will honor the memory and bravery of the 343 FDNY members who lost their lives in the collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. The service will include music, remembrances, video presentations, stories, prayers, traditional fire service honors, and the "Missing Firefighter Formation." Participants will include active duty and retired firefighters and EMS personnel, children and family of firefighters, the St. Patrick Choir, clergy, bagpipers, color and honor guard personnel and state Rep. JoAnn Osmond. Contact Winthrop Harbor Assistant Chief Bill Beetschen at (847) 366-7989 for details.


• Village of Wauconda joins American Legion Post 911 in a commemoration to honor Sept. 11, 2001, victims and military personnel who have died in the war against terrorism. The event is Friday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. in front of the village hall, 101 N. Main St. It will include a proclamation by Mayor Mark F. Knigge announcing the day as Patriot Day, followed by a Blue Star Service Flag ceremony performed by members of Post 911.

West Chicago

• Remembering 9/11: A West Chicago Observance begins at 6 p.m. in Reed-Keppler Park, 129 W. National St. The event includes West Chicago police and firefighters and military members reading short essays written by residents against a backdrop of photos of the events of Sept. 11, as well as the dedication of a new memorial sculpture. For details, visit


• Decade of Remembrance: Ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, during the annual Market Square Restaurant pig roast to benefit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp. Fundraiser is noon-5 p.m.; a $10 donation includes food buffet (children under 10 eat free). Entertainment by Whitey O'Day and kids games. Wheeling fire and police vehicles available to tour. Police K-9 demonstration at 2:30 p.m.

• 9/11 play, "With Their Eyes": Wheeling High School Drama Department presents "With Their Eyes," a play in which Americans recount their experiences on 9/11, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8-9 in the Sang Theater. Tickets $2 at the door. (847) 718-7324.

Wood Dale

• Wood Dale VFW Tioga Post 2149 holds a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Wood Dale's Veterans Memorial on Irving Park Road. Info: (630) 766-0334.