On the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Exchange Club of Naperville will sponsor the annual September 11 Remembrance at the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial.
According to Marty Walker, Chairman of the club’s Americanism Committee, this year’s event will take place at 5:30PM on Tues., Sept. 11 at the memorial, located behind the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., along the Riverwalk. Music before the ceremony will begin at 5:15PM.
Joe Dittmar, a World Trade Center survivor, who served on Naperville’s September 11 Memorial Commission, will be the keynote speaker. On Sept. 11, 2001, Dittmar, then an Aurora, Illinois, resident who now lives in North Carolina, was attending a meeting on the 105th floor of Two World Trade Center when the terrorists attacked. One of only seven survivors of the meeting of 54 insurance executives, Dittmar will share his account of one of the most horrific actions in U.S. and world history.
“Last year 3,000 people, all ages, gathered along the Riverwalk on both sides of the DuPage River for a clear view of the observance,” said Walker. “We expect that this year will attract more. We must always remember every life that was lost that day and learn from the story that Joe Dittmar will tell.”
In 2011, from the Century Walk Dick Tracy sculpture behind the Naperville Township Building to the Riverwalk Amphitheater to the Eagle Street Bridge, folks gathered along the peaceful Riverwalk with American flags to remember together as a community.
In case of rain, the event will take place inside Council Chambers at the Municipal Center.
For more information, visit www.exchangeclub.org.
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