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Several events to commemorate Sept. 11

Christ Church Oak Brook hosts commemorative Sept. 11 concert 3 p.m. Sunday. The program features church’s Chancel Choir its Brass

Christ Church of Oak Brook hosts a commemorative Sept. 11 concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. The program features the church’s Chancel Choir, its Brass Choir and the Singing Men of Oak Brook. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 23, 2011 3:32PM

Clarendon Hills parade

The Clarendon Hills Fire and Police departments are welcoming home one of their own with a Sept. 11 parade.

Army Spc. Mark Brownlow is a part-time firefighter and full-time emergency medical technician with the Clarendon Hills Fire Department. He serves in the 656th Transportation Company, 310th Battalion, based in Hobart, Ind.

Brownlow joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 2005 and was first deployed in 2008 with the 257th Transportation Company, based in Las Vegas, Nev. That unit performed with distinction while deploying to Kuwait to conduct convoy security missions into Iraq.

Now returning home from his second deployment to Afghanistan, Brownlow was deployed in 2010 with the 656th Transportation Company, members of which sustained injuries in a January 2011 rocket attack in Afghanistan. Brownlow, who has a wife, Lynn, and a 3-year-old son, Seth, was not harmed in the attack.

The Sept. 11 parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. from Plainfield Road and Route 83. The route will move west along Plainfield Road to Clarendon Hills Road and head north to Prospect Avenue, moving through downtown Clarendon Hills. The village’s fire and police departments, along with the Warriors’ Watch Riders, will escort Brownlow, his family and other returning veterans.

Brownlow’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device.

The parade also will serve to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, in honor of all soldiers and their families along with and the loss of firefighters and police officers.

Hinsdale United Methodist Church

The Hinsdale United Methodist Church plans “A Litany for Children” in special memory at 10:30 a.m. at the church, Garfield and 55th Street, Hinsdale.

The service will include Osvaldo Vena, a songwriter, author and professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the band Still A Dream. There also will be an adult and youth Bible study at 9:30 a.m.

The service is a tribute to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and in hope for the children of the world, especially those living in difficult circumstances.

Vena starting writing songs when he was 20 years old. The songs are based on the expressions of Jewish and Arab children who longed for peace, and for Argentinian children who have not found the satisfying life they desire.

Proceeds from the selling of a special music CD will benefit Hope Secondary School, a Christian school for Palestinian students, both Christian and Muslim, in Beit Jalo, and Suenitos, a day-care center working with underprivileged children of Cuidad Oculta, the hidden city of the shanty towns of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

La Grange American Legion

Ten years after the attacks on America, citizens from La Grange and the surrounding area will come together for a commemoration ceremony to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

The commemoration ceremony at 8 a.m. Sept. 11 will be held at the Robert E. Coulter, Jr. Post 1941, 900 S. La Grange Road. It will honor the victims of attacks on the World Trade center, Pentagon, United Airlines Flight 93 and American military service men and women who have died in the war against terrorism.

American Legion posts across America are energizing their communities to ensure that the innocent victims will never be forgotten.

“We must not forget all of those who gave their lives for this great county,” said Barry Cicero, vice commander, 1st Division of Cook County and past commander of the American Legion Post in La Grange.

“Everyone in the La Grange area is invited to join together with the Robert E. Coulter, Jr., Post in this uniting ceremony,” Cicero added.

The ceremony will begin by recognizing the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11 and continue to risk their lives keeping America safe. A keynote address will be delivered by Major General Dennis Celletti, assistant adjutant general, Illinois Army National Guard.

Events will include ringing the Fire Department bell, posting the U.S. and state flags by Illinois Police Association Honor guard and placement of the ceremonial wreath to commemorate America’s fallen heroes. Major General Celletti and La Grange Village President Elizabeth Asperger will place the wreath.

“This ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation,” Legion Cmdr. Krenz said “As a nation united, we must remain committed to supporting the men and women of our Armed Forces as they serve with honor and courage.”

For more information contact Michael Holub, La Grange police chief, (708) 579-0687 or Barry Cicero, vice commander, 1st Division of Cook County and past commander of the American Legion Post in La Grange (708) 908-0179.

Indian Prairie
Public Library

The Indian Prairie Public Library is honoring the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 by screening the 2006 movie “World Trade Center” on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. This true story, directed by Oliver Stone, follows a dramatic 12-hour period when two policemen, played by Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena, were trapped under the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

This movie is free and open to the public. Register online at, in person at the Ask Us Desk of the library or by calling (630) 887-8760 Ext. 239.

Individuals who require an accommodation for a disability for any library program should contact the library at least five days before the program. For more information about the library or its programs and collections, visit

Christ Church of Oak Brook

The community is invited to join Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road in Oak Brook, in remembering the victims and their families on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. The public is invited to attend a Memorial Concert and a special event to learn more about the Muslim religion through the eyes of a former Muslim Brotherhood member who is now a missionary for Christianity.

The Memorial Concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 in the Christ Church Sanctuary. The hour-long concert will feature patriotic music performed by the Brass Choir and Devon Hollingsworth, master organist, and sung by the Chancel Choir and the Singing Men of Oak Brook. There will also be a short presentation by the friend of a staff member lost during the events of 9/11. Admission to the concert is free.

The public is invited to hear the Rev. Hicham Chehab from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Christ Church Garden Chapel. Chehab will share his journey from being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood to becoming a follower of Christ.

As a follow-up to this special event, Chehab will also teach The Challenge of Islam in Today’s America at Christ Church of Oak Brook on Wednesday evenings, at 7 p.m. Oct. 5–Nov. 9. This class is also open to the community.

Chehab’s class is part of a six-week series of classes offered four times a year at Christ Church. These classes are open to the public and many are free of charge. Online registration as well as en entire class list is at

Oak Brook

The village of Oak Brook will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11 by hosting a remembrance ceremony from 2-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road. The ceremony will honor America and those that lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Rev. Richard Glyman from Christ Church of Oak Brook will deliver the invocation and guest speakers include: state. Rep. Chris Nybo,, state Sen. Ron Sandack, Village President Gopal Lalmalani and Oak Brook Fire Chief Tom McEllin.

Information can also be found at

Congregational United Church of Christ

A special 9/11 service of remembrance for the tragic events of 10 years ago will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ, 6871 Joliet Road, Indian Head Park. All are invited. A light meal will be served following the service. Call (708) 246-1255.

Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace

The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corps will hold a special memorial service on Sept. 11 at Heritage Park, 1S325 Ardmore Ave, Oakbrook Terrace, just north of Butterfield Road. Lunch will be served by the canteen from 1-3 p.m. The service will begin at 2 p.m. with special music by the Salvation Army Brass Band. Traditional games will follow the service. This is a family event and is free to the public. Contact Sue Linden at (630) 808-4165 or visit

Westchester Silent Parade

Westchester will host a Silent Parade of fire and police vehicles beginning at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 11.

The parade will begin at Roosevelt Road and Des Plaines Avenue in Forest Park and continue west on Roosevelt to Mannheim, then south to Dorchester concluding with a memorial ceremony at St. Joseph High School, 10900 W. Cermak Road.

Vehicles from departments throughout the Chicago area are expected and will have only their emergency lights activated, no sirens. Participants along the parade route are asked to show their support by holding a flag or a flashlight.

Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum and Giving DuPage are co-hosting a Day of Service and Remembrance at 11 a.m. Sunday at the arboretum’s Thornhill Education Center, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Entry will be free with a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Reservations are required through

County Board member Jeff Redick, who will serve as master of ceremonies, said the Our Everyday Heroes theme will honor the spirit of community that arose from the tragedy on Sept. 11.

“The purpose of the ceremony is not to dwell on the senseless carnage or loss of innocent life that occurred on that fateful day. Instead, we will celebrate the great acts of kindness, selfless giving and compassion that were born out of the tragic loss,” he said.

Featured speakers include Chief Thomas Freeman of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District and Darlene J. Ruscitti, superintendent of the Regional Office of Education.

The ceremony will also include a video, “Everyday Heroes in DuPage County,” that features interviews with 10-year-old children and adults from the county.

Entertainment will be provided by Tracey Cowart, Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago and the Zachian Jazz duo.

Following the hour-long ceremony, families are invited to participate in service projects to honor active military. One of the projects is a Home of the Brave Quilt where families can write a message on fabric that will be made into quilts for families of fallen soldiers. There will also be a station for members of the community to write letters of support to active military. The stationary for these letters was created by students of Wiesbrook Elementary School in Wheaton. The letters will be sent to soldiers through Operation Support Our Troops America.

Families of active military are invited to videotape a message to send to their loved one sponsored by Lad4Creations. Those interested need to make a reservation for that day by e-mailing

A photo exhibit, “The Face of Volunteerism” by Sean Matthew Schmidt, will also be available for viewing. The exhibit features photographs of volunteers at more than 20 DuPage County nonprofit organizations.

St. John’s Lutheran Church and School will host an evening of Prayer and Remembrance in recognition from 4:30-7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Waiola Park in La Grange. The entire community is invited to attend this outdoor prayer service. There will be a special memorial for kids to create, and hamburgers and hotdogs will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Rain location will be in the school gymnasium at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 505 S. Park Road, La Grange. For more information call the church office at (708) 354-1690 Ext. 210.

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