Chicago area marks September 11

September 12, 2011 9:22:53 AM PDT
Memorial ceremonies took place throughout the Chicago area, with some attending church to pray; others went to official ceremonies and many chose to pay tribute with moments of silence.

An interfaith candlelight prayer service at Fourth Presbyterian capped off a day of tributes and ceremonies marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11. As night fell on the western suburbs, fire departments and police departments honored the first responders who died on 9/11. Lights flashed but sirens were silent as a procession of fire and police departments rolled through several communities, including Westchester.

"It showed that we are still together and still remember," said one woman in Westchester.

"It's a patriotic reminder of what we're all about ten years after we learned about it," said a man in Westchester.

Throughout Sunday, there were more tributes across the city and suburbs. Chicago police and fire trucks stopped and sounded their sirens to remember those lost on 9/11. Taps played, and a sculpture was unveiled in Oak Lawn. It is one of several communities that built a 9/11 memorial using beams from the World Trade Center.

Hundreds gathered at Naperville's 9/11 memorial. Naperville native and Navy Commander Dan Shanower was killed at the Pentagon, and his parents and four siblings honored him and the victims of the attack.

"Wearing red, white and blue and carrying flags. It was a wonderful tribute to everybody who died that day," said Paula Coleman, Shanower's sister.

Several official ceremonies in illinois featured remnants of the World Trade Center.

Nearly 240 men and women from Illinois died in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars that followed the attacks. Governor Pat Quinn was with many of their families Sunday.

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