Joliet Junior College will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Friday, 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. Following the ceremony, Tom Hardin of the Cook County Department of Homeland Security will give a presentation at 9:15 a.m. in the Campus Center Cafeteria. The public is invited to attend.
The Joliet Police Department Honor Guard, Will County Sheriff’s Rifle Squad, Joliet Fire Department Bagpipers, Joliet Fire Department Station 7 Truck and ambulance, the Patriot Guard Motorcycle Club and the JJC Fire Science truck and ambulance will be present at the ceremony. A group of JJC fire science students and officers from other area police departments will also be present to honor first responders and victims of 9/11.
All uniformed personnel planning to attend are asked to wear their uniforms.
JJC Police Chief Pete Comanda said honoring first responders – both locally and those 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 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,” a performance of “America the Beautiful,” accompanied by JJC Fine Arts Professor Phil Spencer on the keyboard, and more.
After the ceremony, Hardin, who is the Chief of Operations at the Cook County Department of Homeland Security, will speak in a presentation titled “Emerging Trends in Homeland Security and Law Enforcement to Keep Us Safe from Terrorism.”
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.