JJC to Host 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Sept. 9

In tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks 10 years ago, Joliet Junior College will host a memorial ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9, at 8:45 a.m. at the Alumni Bell Tower on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The public is invited to attend.

Personnel from several local fire and police will participate in the outdoor ceremony, which will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. Following 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.

In addition, the exhibit “Portrait of a Soldier” will be on display on the C-Building Concourse. The exhibit is a display that travels throughout the state of hand-sketched portraits of fallen service members from Illinois who have been killed since September 11, 2001 in the Global War on Terror.

Artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon drew the first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq. Schilling gave the sketch to SPC Neeley’s parents to convey his sympathy for their loss. In October 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member who has fallen during the Global War on Terror.

For more information, contact Ed Vasil at evasil@jjc.edu or (815) 280-2384 or Pete Comanda at pcomanda@jjc.edu or (815) 280-6606.

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