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9/11 Southland events

Ceremonies marking 10th anniversary Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be held throughout Southlcoming days.  |  File photo

Ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be held throughout the Southland in the coming days. | File photo

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Updated: November 5, 2011 2:09PM

Here is a look at observances marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:


BEECHER: The village and the Beecher Veterans Memorial Commission will dedicate the Beecher Veterans Memorial at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at Reed and Hodges streets. Jim King, National AMVETS executive director, will provide the keynote address. The $85,000 project was financed with donations.

EVERGREEN PARK: The fire department will have hundreds of flags on the front lawn of the fire station at 9000 S. Kedzie — one for each of the 343 firefighters who died in the terrorist attacks. They will be on display for a couple of weeks.

FRANKFORT: The Sept. 4 Labor Day Parade at 1 p.m. at Maple and Pacific will pay tribute to local firefighters. Members of the Frankfort Fire Department also will attend the Joliet American Legion Band concert at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

HOMER GLEN: An observance is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Orland Oak Shopping Center on 143rd Street, two blocks west of Bell Road. There will be a bell-ringing ceremony and a performance by the Homer Junior High School show choir.

HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR: The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will host an observance at sunrise, about 6:15 a.m. Sept. 11, at Patriots Park, 187th Street and Central Avenue, Homewood, that will include prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. The fire departments from Homewood and Flossmoor will put up a new flag and keep it at half-staff until sundown.

MARKHAM: A civic prayer gathering is planned for 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Markham courthouse parking lot, 16501 S. Kedzie Parkway.

MIDLOTHIAN: A steel beam from the World Trade Center will be presented to the village during a ceremony on the village green at 147th Street and Springfield Avenue. The time has not been announced yet.

NEW LENOX: A Patriot Day ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Firefighters Memorial on the Common Circle of the New Lenox Commons, 101 Veterans Parkway.

OAK FOREST: There will be a brief ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Veterans Memorial outside city hall, 15440 S. Central Ave. High school students will sing the national anthem; there will be a bell ceremony; and if there are people in attendance who lost loved ones, they will be given a flower at the memorial.

OAK LAWN: An observance sponsored by the Oak Lawn Rotary Club will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the 9/11 Memorial near the Metra train station at 9525 S. Tulley Ave. Information:

ORLAND PARK: A ceremony featuring an honor guard, police and fire personnel is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Veterans Memorial, 14700 S. Ravinia. There will be three guest speakers, including the speech writer for the chief of staff for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, prayers, bell ringing, a moment of silence, a 21-gun salute and a 9/11 photo gallery.

PALOS HEIGHTS: A short service will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at the 9/11 Memorial Park across from city hall, 7607 W. College Drive. The VFW will present colors and do a gun salute.

PALOS PARK: A parade at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 during the village’s annual parade and chili cook-off will honor firefighters and police officers. The parade will travel 123rd Street from 80th Avenue to 90th Avenue.

PARK FOREST: There will be a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Park Forest Fire and Police Memorial, directly east of the Park Forest Fire Station at 156 Indianwood Blvd.

RICHTON PARK: The Day of Remembrance starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Benjamin O. Davis VFW Post 311, 22341 Governors Highway.

TINLEY PARK: Patriot Day at the Oak Park Avenue Metra station, 6700 South St., starts with a remembrance service from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Sept. 11 and will include the unveiling of a remembrance “Bench on the Avenue.” The Kevin Clark Memorial Ride starts at 10:30 a.m. and will include hundreds of motorcyclists riding in honor of fallen heroes. The ride heads to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. About 12:30 p.m., there will be a patriotic parade along Oak Park Avenue starting from Central Middle School, 18146 Oak Park Ave., and concluding at 172nd Street. A community picnic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. will include free hot dogs and entertainment.


BURBANK: Burbank Manor Presbyterian Church, 7950 S. Central Ave., will hold a service of commemoration at 10 a.m. Sept. 11. The Rev. David Neff, who provided pastoral care and chaplaincy work at Ground Zero, will speak. Information:

CHICAGO HEIGHTS: Prince of Peace Church, 205 Eighth St., marks the anniversary with Evensong at 5 p.m. Sept. 11. The service will include the Midwest Motet Society and will be preceded by a 4 p.m. roundtable discussion on Christian-Muslim relations. Information:

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4247 W. 183rd St., will begin its remembrance at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 11 in front of the flagpole. The Rev. Peter Dorn will lead prayers and talk about how the attacks impacted the New York City school and congregation he was serving at the time. The church bells will toll during the observance. Church services will follow the observance. Information: (708) 798-4131.

HOMEWOOD: First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., will hold a service honoring victims and first responders at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11. Information: (708) 798-0490 or

MATTESON: St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 4101 St. Lawrence Ave., will host a Blue/Green Mass at 11 a.m. Sept. 11. It will be preceded by a flag-raising and short observance at 10 a.m. in the parking lot just west of the church. Participants will then file silently into the church. The event is organized by Knights of Columbus NINA Council No. 3602. Special guests will include members of the Matteson, Park Forest and Richton Park police and fire departments. Information: (708) 748-6090.

MIDLOTHIAN: St. Christopher Church, 4200 W. 147th St., is having a prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday in honor of 9/11. Information: (708) 388-8190.

OAK LAWN: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W. 94th St., presents a one-act play, “The Guys,” about a New York City fire captain. It is set a few days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sept. 10, and at 2 p.m. Sept. 11. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 to 14. Information: (773) 590-9743.

OAK LAWN: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., will hold a service of remembrance at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11, including lighting of candles of remembrance for those who lost their lives. Information: (708) 422-4200.

ORLAND HILLS: St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 W. 167th St., will present a tribute concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 11. The Seton orchestra, adult and teen choirs and liturgical dancers will perform. Information: Linda McKeague, (708) 403-0101.

ORLAND PARK: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., will toll its bell at significant moments during worship services and will begin all services with the posting of colors by firefighters and military personnel. Services are at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sept. 11. Information: (708) 349-0431.

ORLAND PARK: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., will have a 9/11 remembrance service at 3 p.m. Sept. 11. Information: (708) 444-8560 or

ORLAND PARK: Stone Church, 10737 W. Orland Parkway, will honor and recognize first responders, firefighters, police officers and civil servants at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11. Information: (708) 385-2770 or


GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY: The school, 1 University Parkway in University Park, is having several commemorations on Sept. 12. At 9 a.m., a color guard will be posted at the main entrance and bells will ring across the campus. At noon there will be a panel discussion at Engbretson Hall. A public reading of a collection of stories about where people were on Sept. 11 will begin at 1 p.m. in Sherman Hall.

JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE: Joliet Junior College will host a memorial ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Friday, at the Alumni Bell Tower on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. After the ceremony and rifle salute, a continental breakfast will be offered, along with a showing of “In Memoriam: New York City 9/11/01.” At 9:45 a.m., Deputy District Chief Paul Martin of the Chicago Fire Department will give a talk recounting his experience working at Ground Zero. The exhibit “Portrait of a Soldier” will be on display on the C-Building Concourse, with hand-sketched portraits of fallen service members from Illinois who have been killed since 9/11. For more information, contact Ed Vasil at or (815) 280-2384 or Pete Comanda at or (815) 280-6606.

OAK LAWN: The Oak Lawn Commemoration Committee is hosting, “Commemorating 9/11: Remembrance, Renewal and Hope” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium of Oak Lawn Community High School, 9400 Southwest Highway. The hourlong program will feature ecumenical prayers, as well as remarks by various faith and community leaders. The purpose is to first remember those who died in the attacks 10 years ago and to demonstrate a united front, bringing together people across racial, ethnic and religious lines, according to the program’s organizers. The Oak Lawn Commemoration Committee includes representatives of the Oak Lawn Clergy and Religious Worker Association, Genesis Therapy Center/OLFS, Mosque Foundation and American Muslims for Palestine.

TINLEY PARK: American Legion Post 615 will host a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the legion hall, 17423 S. 67th Court. Cost is $5 per person. The Tinley Park Historical Society Museum, 6727 W. 174th St., will have a display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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