Remembering 9/11: Ways to Pay Your Respects Today
It’s crazy to think that it’s been 16 years since that terrible attack on 9/11/2001. I can remember that day like it was yesterday. I was in 7th grade math class and we were learning about integers and I was completely confused how a number could have a negative value. An announcement came over the intercom for all teachers to turn on the TVs. We watched one of the Twin Towers on fire and saw live the second plane crash into the other tower.
Today known as Patriot Day, 9/11 was the deadliest attack on American soil killing almost 3,000 people and injuring roughly 6,000. If you’d like to pay your respects to those who were killed in these attacks or for those first responders that sacrificed their lives to help when America was in a crisis here are some places you can visit today.
New Lenox Sharefest will host a ceremony beginning at 9:11 a.m. Monday at the Fireman’s Memorial at New Lenox Village Commons, 1 Veterans Parkway, adjacent to village hall. Among things to expect is a rifle salute, the singing of the national anthem, “America” and the Providence Catholic High School Celtic Piper Corps will play “Amazing Grace.” You can donate food and personal hygiene items for military personnel and see artifacts from the 9/11 attacks including a section of steel beam from the Twin Towers and rubble from the Pentagon.
Oak Lawn’s Patriot Day Ceremony starts at 11:15 a.m. at the 9/11 First Responder Memorial at the 95th Street Metra Station. Sculpture Erik Blome has created a piece for display this year using several tons of steel beams from the Twin Towers and shaping them into a memorial sculpture. The piece is honor of the firefighters who risked their lives with a firefighter’s helmet, turnout coat and a pair of boats.
No matter how you pay your respects today just be sure to give a moment of silence or a silent prayer for the men and women and families that were lost that tragic day. Also a good time to recognize the first responders that are out there now responding to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma attacks. Today is a day to be especially grateful of your blessings.