As time passes and as COVID-19 consumes folks’ attention — and with large social gatherings reproved — it’s easy to understand how remembrance ceremonies of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack might fall to the wayside.
But one Kane County community is keeping up the tradition of honoring the fallen and commemorating the 19th anniversary of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
The city of Aurora announced that it will hold a ceremony streamed live on Facebook and on the city’s website. Members of Aurora’s police and fire departments will join Mayor Richard C. Irvin to honor the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks with a presentation of colors and wreath laying ceremony.
Remarks will be provided by Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz and Irvin.
The city’s ceremony will pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. — the moment when the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
City of Aurora Facebook Post
Patriot Day is a United States national observance that honors the memory of those who were killed in the September 11 attacks. It was first observed in 2002, after the proclamation by President George W. Bush.
On Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched a series of coordinated terrorist attacks upon the United States, killing almost 3,000 people. In the immediate aftermath, the president proclaimed Sept. 14, 2001 as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
A year later, Sept. 11 was made a national day of mourning referred to as Patriot Day. This observance has been proclaimed annually since 2002.
In 2009, President Barack Obama rededicated it as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. It is not a public holiday therefore government offices, educational institutions and businesses do not close on this day.
On Patriot Day, the national flag is flown at half-mast on all United States government buildings and establishments. Individuals are also encouraged to display flags on their homes.
A moment of silence is traditionally observed at 8:46 a.m. Many organizations and establishments hold memorial ceremonies to honor the victims of 9/11.
SOURCE: city of Aurora, city of Elgin, AwarenessDays.com