Skokie, Lincolnwood remember 9/11 attacks
Firefighter Joseph Raclawski rings the memorial bell during Tuesday's Patriot Day ceremony at the Skokie Fire Department's Station 16. | Brian O'Mahoney~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:29PM
SKOKIE — The 11th anniversary of the deadliest attacks ever perpetrated on U.S. soil may have been the eeriest reminder yet of that infamous day.
Like in 2011, Sept. 11 this year fell on a Tuesday. And like in 2001 when the attacks changed our world forever, Tuesday was mild with crystal-clear skies, a picture-perfect day, a near-duplication of the serene conditions under which the terrorist attacks occurred.
Skokie dedicated a moment of silence Tuesday with a bell ceremony at the flagpole of each of its three fire stations in the village. The bells rang out at 8:59 a.m., almost 11 years to the minute when a plane first flew into the World Trade Center tower in New York. The bell ceremony was followed by a moment of silence.
Since 9/11, Skokie has been holding such an annual ceremony at its fire stations — Fire Station 16, its headquarters at 7424 Niles Center Road, Fire Station 17 at 8157 Central Park Ave. and Fire Station 18 at 9024 Gross Point Road.
In neighboring Lincolnwood, a ceremony was held at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Village Hall Promenade where Mayor Jerry Turry spoke.
Its ceremony also featured the ringing of a bell by The Lincolnwood Fire Department, and the Lincolnwood Police Department lowered the American flag. These local ceremonies took place at the same time a Remembrance Ceremony was hosted by the New York Fire Department.