Eleven years ago today, the nation reeled from the shock of the tragedy that became known as 9/11.
Many towns will hold solemn commemorations. In Park Ridge, a ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the Park Ridge Fire Department station at 901 W. Devon Avenue (at Cumberland). Several clergy, as well as Roosevelt School students, will offer thoughts, and the Roosevelt School chorus will sing.
At , a Catholic boys' high school at 6955 W. Dempster, Niles, all are invited to a 9:30 a.m. Catholic Mass honoring first responders.
Elected officials also weighed in.
"I hope everyone takes a moment to remember all those who died in the attacks eleven years ago, and to honor those who sacrificed their lives, safety, and health to rescue others," said state Rep. John D'Amico.
State Rep. Michael McAuliffe said, "Join me in honoring those that fight for our freedom and the brave police, fire men and women who selflessly work to protect us. Proudly display the American flag and take time to express gratitude to our first responders and members of the military."