Wheaton pays tribute to lives lost on 9/11, 20 years later

  • Wheaton Fire Chief William Schultz addresses the crowd at Memorial Park Saturday for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Wheaton Fire Chief William Schultz addresses the crowd at Memorial Park Saturday for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Courtesy of the City of Wheaton

  • A Wheaton firefighter pays tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 during a ceremony Saturday in Memorial Park.

    A Wheaton firefighter pays tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 during a ceremony Saturday in Memorial Park. Courtesy of the City of Wheaton

  • Wheaton Police Chief William Murphy gave a police officer's prayer during the city's Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony Saturday in Memorial Park.

    Wheaton Police Chief William Murphy gave a police officer's prayer during the city's Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony Saturday in Memorial Park. Courtesy of the City of Wheaton

  • Mike O'Donnell plays bagpipes at the city of Wheaton remembrance ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Mike O'Donnell plays bagpipes at the city of Wheaton remembrance ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Courtesy of the City of Wheaton

  • Dylan Meyer of the Wheaton Municipal Band performs "Taps" during a ceremony Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Dylan Meyer of the Wheaton Municipal Band performs "Taps" during a ceremony Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Courtesy of the City of Wheaton

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 9/11/2021 3:19 PM

On a sunny morning, much like the start of that horrific day 20 years ago, a ceremony Saturday in Wheaton's Memorial Park marked the Sept. 11 anniversary with prayer and solemn tributes.

The city held the service in honor of Wheaton natives killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and in the wars that followed.

 

Wheaton College President Philip Ryken remembered three alumni -- Todd Beamer, Jason Oswald and Jeff Mladenik -- who lost their lives.

Two other victims with ties to the city, Sue Sauer, a 1970 Wheaton Central High School graduate, and Mark Schurmeier, a 1975 Wheaton North High School graduate, died at the World Trade Center.

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