Several Southland events mark 9/11 anniversary
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org September 10, 2012 4:00PM
Updated: October 12, 2012 6:13AM
Several communities in the Southland will be marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with solemn ceremonies, parades and special programs on Tuesday.
The New Lenox Sharefest 2012 Committee will host a Patriot’s Day Remembrance and Recognition Ceremony at 9:11 a.m. at the firefighter’s memorial on Veterans Parkway in the New Lenox Commons. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the community room of the New Lenox Village Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway.
The Oak Lawn Rotary Club will host a public ceremony at 7:46 a.m. at the Metra train station on 95th Street — site of the 9-11 monument honoring first responders that includes four beams from the World Trade Center.
A tour of the “We the People…” exhibit at the nearby Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn will be available after the ceremony. This exhibit includes two smaller beam pieces from the World Trade Center towers and highlights four core themes of friendship, helping, unity and patriotism.
St. Luke Orthodox Church, 10700 S. Kean Ave, will commemorate the day with a divine liturgy at 7 a.m. and a 7 p.m. memorial program with guest speaker the Rev. Alexander F. C. Webster, co-author of “The Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classic Christian Traditions East and West.”
The event will feature a procession with a bagpiper and a color guard of Civil Air Patrol cadets who will read the names of military casualties from Illinois.
A steel beam from the World Trade Center, and rubble from the Pentagon and the United Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa., will be displayed. Video coverage of the Sept. 11 events will play on TV screens.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Flight 93 Memorial.
Refreshments will be served after the evening program.
For information, call (630) 243-0893 or visit www.stlukeorthodox.com.
On Saturday, The I Am An American Day parade steps off at at 11 a.m. at 151st and Central Avenue, featuring a steel beam from the World Trade Center.
The city recently acquired the beam from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with the help of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Sen. Maggie Crotty and Grane Trucking Company in Chicago.
The mangled and twisted beam is seven feet long and about 400 pounds.
After the parade, the beam temporarily will be on display in the lobby at the Oak Forest City Hall until a permanent site can be found.
“Our plan is to appoint a committee comprised of fire, police and emergency management personnel to create a fitting memorial using the beam as a main focal point,” Mayor Hank Kuspa said. “The beam will serve as a reminder of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 as well as help us to honor those who serve and protect us on a daily basis.”