JJC Hosting Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Sept. 11

In honor of the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Joliet Junior College will hold its annual ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11 promptly at 8:45 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Alumni Bell Tower on Main Campus, located in front of the Campus Center (A-Building) at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The public is invited to attend. 

Following the ceremony, the 9/11 tribute movie “In Memorium” will be screened in the Campus Center Cafeteria, and light refreshments will be served.

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 in attendance.

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 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.

For more information about JJC’s 9/11 ceremony, contact Chief Comanda by e-mail at pcomanda@jjc.edu or call 815-280-6606.


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