Joliet Junior College will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 8:45 a.m. at the Main Campus Alumni Bell Tower and flagpole, located in front of the Campus Center at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. After the ceremony, JJC will host a 9/11 movie tribute in the Campus Center Cafeteria.
The Will County Sheriff’s Rifle Squad, the Joliet Police Department Color Guard, and the Joliet Fire Department Color Guard are scheduled to participate in the event, along with police and fire personnel from neighboring communities. A fire truck and ambulance from JJC’s Fire Science Technology program will also be at the ceremony. Every year, a group of JJC fire science students are present to honor first responders and victims of 9/11.
JJC Police Chief Pete Comanda said honoring first responders – both locally and first responders who risked their lives in 2001 – is a very important part of JJC’s ceremony.
“Your military men and women and your first responders go to work every day not knowing if they may be called upon to put their lives at risk or to pay the ultimate price in order to defend us from terrorism or other day to day dangers,” Comanda said. “JJC’s 9/11 ceremony honors those who lost their lives as well as those who risk theirs on a daily basis for our freedom and safety.”
The ceremony will include the posting of colors, tolling of the bell, a 21-gun salute, a playing of “Taps,” and more.
All uniformed personnel planning to attend are asked to wear their uniforms.
After JJC’s 9/11 ceremony, the public is invited to watch a movie called “In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01.” The hour-long film created in 2002, which will play in the Campus Center Cafeteria, is set to begin immediately after JJC’s 9/11 ceremony concludes. During the movie, a continental breakfast will be provided.
For more information about JJC’s 9/11 ceremony, contact Chief Comanda by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 815-280-6606.