Aurora, Carpentersville, Elgin, St. Charles Remember Sept. 11 in Special Ceremonies

Aurora, Carpentersville, Elgin, St. Charles Remember Sept. 11 in Special Ceremonies

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Kane County Connects will update this article as additional news is released on September 11 ceremonies throughout Kane County. If you know of an upcoming event in your area, please email Kane County Connects Editor Rick Nagel at


In Remembrance. In Reverence. Aurora Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11

Six Aurora firefighters were deployed to New York City immediately following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. After a non-stop sixteen-hour drive to New York, they worked for four intense days on rescue and recovery efforts. They returned home, forever impacted by what they experienced.

Two decades later, the six heroes will be special guests at Aurora’s September 11 Memorial Ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of that fateful day.

Hosted by the Aurora Fire Department, the Aurora Police, and Mayor Richard C. Irvin, the ceremony will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 11 at the RiverEdge Park Bridge, 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora.

The theme is ‘In Remembrance of Those Who Passed. In Reverence for Those Who Served.”

“Twenty years ago, our world was forever changed with the horrific attacks on Sept. 11,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “We honor those who sadly lost their lives and those who were called to serve in response. I salute my fellow veterans who stood up to defend and protect our nation these past two decades. And, as we reflect on what happened on September 11, 2001, we also honor our own Aurora firefighters who quickly traveled to New York and returned home as heroes.”

Those heroes – current Battalion Chief Jason Demas, Battalion Chief Randy Leek, Captain Will Torres and retired firefighters Gary Pozzi, Mark Lockwood, and Tim Pogue — will be special guests at the ceremony and recognized for their deeds.

Battalion Chief Demas will speak on behalf of the group and reflect on their life-changing duties in New York City.

In addition, four memorial bells will toll to mark the times the four airplanes crashed. The first bell will toll at 7:46 a.m. to mark the time Flight 11 crashed into North Tower. The second bell will toll at 8:03 a.m. to mark when Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. The third bell will toll at 8:37 a.m. to mark Flight 77’s crash into the Pentagon. Finally, the fourth bell will toll 9:03 a.m. to mark Flight 93 crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Between the first and second bells, the names of the 38 victims born or who lived in Illinois will be read in tribute to all victims of the attacks.

During the ceremony, Aurora Gold Star families will be recognized, remarks will be made by Mayor Richard Irvin, Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz, Aurora Police Chief Keith Cross, and Aurora Poet Laureate Karen Christensen; and a joint APD & AFD Honor Guard will present the colors and lay a memorial wreath.

The ceremony is open to the public.

Convenient parking is located directly across from the event site at the Aurora Transportation Center, 325 N. Broadway.

Carpentersville Holds Silent Parade

This year is the 20 year anniversary of Sept. 11.

Join the village of Carpentersville for a silent parade followed by a ceremony honoring those who lost their lives that day.

The parade will start at 9 a.m. at Carpentersville Public Works, 1075 Tamarac Drive, and will process down:

  • Maple Avenue to
  • Carpenter Boulevard to
  • Spring Street to
  • Lord Avenue to
  • Maple Avenue to
  • Grove Street to
  • Spring Street
  • Ending at  Carpentersville Fire Station 91
Around 10 a.m., there will be a Ceremony at Carpentersville Fire Station 91. A flag display honoring the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11 will be displayed by at Carpentersville Station 91 through Sept. 12.

Elgin Remembers Sept. 11 in Special Ceremony at Civic Center Plaza

The city of Elgin will conduct a special remembrance ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack in partnership with the Elgin American Legion Post 57.

The September 11 Remembrance Ceremony will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the newly renovated Civic Center Plaza; Robert Gilliam Municipal Complex, 150 Dexter Court. The plaza is located behind City Hall within the Robert Gilliam Municipal Complex.

All are invited to attend this service and to remember those in public service who lost their lives and to honor those who continue to serve today. The ceremony will feature speakers and the national anthem will be performed by the Baptist Providence College Ensemble.

The ceremony is free to the public and limited seating will be available. Participants may want to consider bringing a chair.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will move indoors to the Hemmens Cultural Center, located at 45 Symphony Way.

For more information please contact Special Events Coordinator Kate O’Leary at 847-931-6770 or visit

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release

ECC Moment of Silence on Sept. 9

Elgin Community College recognizes and observes the event that happened 20 years ago on 9/11 as Moment of Honor/Moment of Silence.

The moment of silence will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

You can join the event live on YouTube by clicking

St. Charles to Hold 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The St. Charles Fire Department is holding its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, outside at the Fire Department Memorial Monument, 2 E. Main St. The ceremony honors first responders who put duty before self and those who lost their lives that day.

The ceremony will begin with the posting of colors, followed by remarks from speakers, posting the Fire Department Memorial Flag, placing the memorial wreath, and observing a moment of silence. The ceremony will be posted on the City of St. Charles Facebook page.

SOURCE: city of St. Charles news release