The south tower starts to collapse as smoke billows from both buildings of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2011. | AP Photo
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:46AM
Here is a look at some events to commemorate 9-11.
A parade will start at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bolingbrook High School, 365 Raider Way.
In honor of those who lost their lives, for each soldier, sailor, airman, marine and coast guardsman lost and serving in the years that followed and on guard today, participants will unite at Operation MOMS Cookies Walk To Remember on Sunday. Registration opens at 10 a.m. at Freedom Field at Route 53 and Mitchell Street.
The Joliet Marine Corps League will man its Marine PX while Operation MOMS will have its Youth To Troop Booth providing patriotic activities, letter and card writing along with Care Box colored embellishments for outgoing care packages.
At noon, a Moment of Remembrance will be observed. A half-mile Mini Trooper Fun Run will begin at 12:05 p.m. for ages 8 and under, with a one-mile Fun Run for ages 9-13. Cost is $5 with each participant to receive MOMS Trooper Dog Tag.
At 12:30 p.m., MOMS “We Remember” ceremony will commence. The color guard of the VFW Malcolm J. Mayo Post 5422 of Wilmington will post colors and Girl Scout Troop 70194 of Braceville will stand in honor, as Braceville Mayor Jim Homa and Godley Mayor R.A. Willis present opening remarks proceeded by Joliet Marine Corps League Commandant Robert Garza, with closing remarks by the mother of a U.S. soldier deployed to Afghanistan.
The 5K Walk/Run will kick off at 1 p.m. and head north on Route 66 through Braceville and Godley. Military service members and first responders will participate at no charge, while participants can register before Friday for $15 or $20 on Sunday. All proceeds will benefit MOMS Shipment Fund.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Minooka High School Auditorium, Central Campus, at McEvilly Road and Wabena Street in Minooka.
The Coal City Fire Protection District will host a service honoring the men and women who lost their lives. The service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, followed by a silent parade through the villages of Carbon Hill, Coal City and Diamond.
The service will be concluded by a remembrance at the 9-11 Memorial at Fire Station 2, 1455 S. Berta Road.
The parade route will travel down McArdle Road west to First Street, north to Lacey Street, west to Seventh Street, south to Rathburn and west to Carbon Hill Road. It will continue south on Carbon Hill Road to Covey Lane, east to Hunters Run, east to Marguerite Street, north to Maple Street, east to Mazon Street, south to Spring Road, east to Broadway, north on Broadway to Division and east on Division Street. It will continue east on Division to McGuinty Street, north to Clark Street, east to North Will Road, south to Division, west on Division to Berta Road and south to the 9-11 Memorial at Station 2.
The memorial monument hosts two columns from the World Trade Centers. While it is not known exactly where the columns came from within the building, remnants of the attacks are still visible.
The city, Joliet Police Department and Joliet Fire Department will join in to help the community honor this day of remembrance.
Mayor Tom Giarrante and the Joliet City Council recognized Sept. 11, 2011 as a National Day of Remembrance and the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy with an official proclamation Tuesday’s city council meeting.
At 9 a.m. Friday, Gompers Junior High School will offer a tribute ceremony, “Remember Our Heroes,” involving all 840 students.
Fire department Company 7 will participate in a memorial ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Joliet Junior College main campus.
Giarrante will honor the day by attending a 9:30 a.m. memorial service Sunday at the First Assembly of God, 1741 Essington Road.
The Southwest Community Church and JFD Pastor Joel Labertew will be “Remembering 9/11” from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday with “A Day of Honor” at Jones Elementary School, 800 Barberry Way. This memorial is open to the public.
The police and fire departments will run their sirens at noon Sunday for one full minute.
The city has also partnered with the Joliet Public Library at 2 p.m. Sunday for a special ceremony outside the library’s Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road. The event will host a free ceremony to remember victims and honor our local heroes.
An evening ceremony at the East Campus of Lockport Township High School will conclude a day of memorial events Sunday — beginning with the annual observance at 9:30 a.m. at Central Square, then continuing with an observance during the World War II re-enactment sponsored by the Lockport Township Park District.
Then, at 5:45 p.m., a patriotic musical prelude will begin the evening event in the auditorium of the East Campus, 1333 E. Seventh St.
The event is being organized by Dr. Reno Caneva; Mayor Dev Trivedi and the city of Lockport; and Superintendent Garry Raymond and Lockport Township High School.
The effort will raise money for the Lockport FISH Food Pantry.
The New Lenox ShareFest Steering Committee 2011 invites the community to the Patriot Day — Sept. 11 Remembrance and Recognition Ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fireman’s Memorial, New Lenox Commons, Veterans Parkway.
In case of rain, the ceremony will take place in the New Lenox Village Hall. For information, call Kathie Johnson at 815-485-6431.
Pastor Suzanne’s Sept. 11 tribute will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road.
University of St. Francis
The University of St. Francis community will participate in a luminary Mass at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Quad near the Grotto at the Joliet campus, 500 Wilcox St.