The cross you se below was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center:
The explanation of the cross is below:
The cross you se below was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center:
The explanation of the cross is below:
A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:
Washington, DC—Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack:
“Today, we pause in memory of the tragic losses our nation suffered on September 11, 2001. Eleven years ago, we witnessed with terror and disbelief as the Twin Towers were reduced to rubble, as the walls of the Pentagon were demolished, and as United Flight 93 tore a gash into a Shanksville, Pa. field, saving an untold number of American lives. Eleven years ago, our nation was the victim of unthinkable violence, which irreversibly altered life as we knew it.
“But our perspective today, eleven years later, offers us a chance to see how we have changed as a country – and we were all changed on that day. Eleven years ago, we found ourselves vulnerable and heartbroken; but from those moments of anguish, we discovered greater strength, resolve and community within ourselves, our neighbors and the strangers we pass every day.
“Today, we honor the victims of September 11th, whose memories inspire us to work each day in hope of a more secure nation. We honor their families, who still grieve for the loved ones lost that day. We honor the first responders, who heroically risked, and in many cases, gave their own lives to save men and women they’d never met. And we honor those who answered the call to serve in our Armed Forces, who have fought bravely in the face of great peril to defend us at home and abroad.
“Today, we feel assured that sacrifices we’ve made in the last eleven years have created a safer nation, proud of its efforts to eradicate terrorism and bring our enemies to justice. Still, the campaign of terror lingers, and in the face of its threats, we are reminded what it is that we have fought for, what we stand for, and we will protect at all cost: that the American ideals of freedom, liberty and democracy will triumph; that we will always resist tyranny; and that we will never surrender the promise of a brighter future.”
Eleven years ago today, we were attacked by terrorists on our nation’s soil. On that day we lost heroes, loved ones and friends. It was an attack that sought to undermine the American values that we all love and share.
However, true to form, the American people showed resilience and strength. The United States of America has never been one to stand down. We pulled together as a people and moved forward to address our new challenges in a post 9/11 world.
We cannot and will not forget the events of September 11, 2001. We will never forget those that were lost, and we will never forget that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
On September 11, at 6:00 p.m., the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District will be dedicating their new Firefighters Memorial and honoring the memory of the two firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice by dying in the line of duty, the only two in the fire department’s history.
Also, the Firefighters Memorial will honor all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
On April 5, 1967 Firefighter Edwin LeRoy “Roy” Benson died while advancing a hose line at a residential fire.
On May 23, 1976 Captain G.D. “Mac” McIntyre died while returning to quarters after an emergency incident.
By today’s standards and definitions, each of these incidents would be considered a Line of Duty Death.
Times were different back then.
Both men were “volunteers” with the department and responded from home or work when a call was dispatched.
Roy owned the Sinclair Gas Station at 7 North Main Street.
Mac worked for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and was also Civil Defense Director for the Village of Algonquin.
Roy was survived by his wife Katherine and sons Richard and Edwin Jr. Mac was survived by his wife Bette, daughter Kathy, and sons William and Daniel.
During their funerals, both were acknowledged to be volunteer firefighters, but there was no special honor or ceremony bestowed upon them or their families.
Eleven years have passed since the attacks on the World Trade Center, Flight 93, and the Pentagon. The lives lost on that fateful day will also be honored by the Firefighters Memorial. The architecture of the Memorial itself and a fifteen foot section of the World Trade Center will pay tribute to the almost three thousand lives lost on that tragic day.
This project has been entirely paid for by donations and fundraising efforts.
Some funds are still needed for the continued upkeep of the Firefighters Memorial.
If you would like to donate, checks can be mailed to: Algonquin Firefighters Association, 1020 W. Algonquin Rd. Lake in the Hills IL, 60156. If you have questions regarding the Firefighters Memorial, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to welcome our residents to attend this very special Dedication and Memorial Ceremony being held next Tuesday, September 11, at 6:00pm.
The Firefighters Memorial is located at Riverfront Park, 201 North Harrison St.
The next the last parade this year in McHenry County was in the Saufen und Spiel one in Johnsburg on Sunday, 9-11.
As usual police and fire vehicles were in front.
Next were Johnsburg Police Chief and I’m assuming an official of the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.
A squad car from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department followed the Johnsburg Police squad car.
Unlike in Crystal Lake, Sheriff Keith Nygren was not driving it. Just as in Lake in the Hills, the Sheriff was not in the parade.
The Color Guard came next.
The Johnsburg Rescue Squad–oldest in McHenry County and founded in 1952–had what I’m guessing was its original vehicle.
Equipment from the McHenry Township Fire Protection District came next.
Parade Marshal Ron Rich and his wife Mary Ann were in the first car behind the fire trucks.
Rich served the Boy Scouts for 25 years as the Kishwaukee District Boy Scout Commissioner and local Boy Scout leader.
He chaired the Saufen und Spiel and parade for three years. An active member of the Knights of Columbus #9167, he worked fund raisers, among other activities.
Rich was also on the board that was responsible for Johnsburg becoming a village.
Besides being associated with the Johnsburg Boys Baseball League, he served fifteen years on the chain gang for Johnsburg High School’s football teams.
Rich was also chairman for the Johnsburg Club’s Building and Grounds Committee and cut the grass.
A trailer of Veterans came next.
Village President Ed Hetterman followed the Veterans. I talked with his driver, whom I assume is his wife.
She told me that he had the opportunity to ride in a Bentley, but didn’t want to upstage the Police and Fire personnel, whom he though should be being honored on the anniversary of 9-11.
There were intervening entries of politicians, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Then I spotted this Gary Lang vehicle pulling a decorated boat.
Gymnasts, the Johnsburg State Bank, Girl Scouts, some commercial floats came before the next entry referencing the significance of the day.
It was the St. John the Baptist Catholic School float. Young students not alive when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were hit waved below the sign.
Right behind was a van from the Johnsburg Library. The announcer said Sunday library hours were to resume soon.
Advertising a September 17 and 18 Stade’s Farm Market exhibit of antique tractors, truck and construction equipment was a billboard and lots of tractors.
A 1941 Farmall tractor had a flag with a 9-11 theme.
The message on the flag was
In Remembrance of
Ten Years Gone.
The flag had a bald eagle’s head superimposed on a field of stars in the upper left hand corner. To the right was the New York City skyline.
The text was superimposed on the white stripes.
And that was all I saw concerning the evil 9-11 attacks in the parade.
While chatting with folks in the food and entertainment tent area, I noticed Wonder Lake Fire Protection District Trustee Cheryl Hammerand was wearing a distinctive 9-11 tee shirt.
You see it below:
Here’s a shot of Crystal Lake Firemen lined up in front of City Hall at the 9-11 ceremony conducted there:
“And deliver us from evil.”
A press release from Congressman Joe Walsh:
Rep. Walsh Issues Statement on 9/11 Anniversary
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joe Walsh, member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued a statement honoring the anniversary of September 11, 2001. He is attending memorial services this weekend in Illinois’ 8th Congressional District.
“We must always remember and never forget what happened on September 11, 2001.
“As we stand together as one nation this weekend to honor the memories of the dead, let us also pay tribute to the sacrifices of all those brave men and women since who have fought and died to keep America safe.”
“We are and will remain that shining city on the hill, a beacon of freedom to all those who still live in tyranny and darkness.
“And to the brave Americans who, in that fight for freedom, gave the last full measure of devotion, we say, ‘we will never forget you.’”
An email from McHenry County Board Chairmen Ken Koehler:
This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, the largest terrorist attack on American soil. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families of those who lost their lives on American Airlines Flights 11 and 77, United Airlines Flights 173 and 93, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Additionally, we remember the heroic actions taken that day by police fire and emergency response personnel.
“Please take a moment this Sunday to reflect upon those who lost their lives and the sacrifices of the first responders.
“Especially remember the survivors and families who have rebuilt their lives after enduring this unspeakable tragedy.
“I encourage you to join in on one of the commemorative events taking place in the County to the remember the heroes of September 11, 2011.”
A press release from Randy Hultgren:
Hultgren Statement On the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement on the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who felt the tragic loss of a family member, friend or loved one in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001,” said Hultgren.
“Let us also remember the many heroes from that day,
who answered the call of duty without hesitation.
“I encourage all Americans to take a moment to reflect on that fateful day – remember where you were and the feelings that you experienced when you learned of the attacks and pledge to never take our safety, security, or freedom for granted.”
A press release from Congressman Don Manzuool:
Manzullo: “We Will Never Forget Sept. 11”
[WASHINGTON] Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) today issued the following statement on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on our nation:
“We will never forget September 11. We will never forget the people who lost their lives nor the families they left behind.
“And we will never forget the heroes who gave their lives to help many others on that tragic day 10 years ago.
“I can still recall in vivid detail watching and thanking the firefighters who were working tirelessly sifting through the debris at the Pentagon with their exhausted rescue dogs, who were wearing special leather boots so the glass and steel shards did not cut their paws.
“Fear gripped the United States of America on that day 10 years ago, but the strength and support of the American people pulled us through those dark days. May God Bless America.”