Many 9/11 observances scheduled

Many 9/11 observances scheduled

URBANA — The events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered again this year in a brief observance on the University of Illinois campus.

Music by the Jupiter String Quartet will begin promptly at 7:46 a.m. Tuesday, to coincide with the time 11 years ago that the World Trade Center in New York City was first struck by a hijacked jetliner.

The quartet will perform the first movement of the Ravel Quartet in F major and the second movement of Beethoven's Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74, in Smith Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U.

The audience is asked to enter and leave in silence. There will be no speaking from the stage.

The commemoration, expected to last about 20 minutes, is free and open to the public.

Other observations in East Central Illinois:

— The I&I Firefighters Association will sponsor its annual 9/11 Memorial Ride today as a procession of motorcycles stops by a number of communities in East Central Illinois to honor the emergency responders who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Registration will be held starting at 8 a.m. today at McDonald's at the Village Mall, 3195 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Motorcycles participating in the ride will depart at 10 a.m., following a bike blessing at 9:40 a.m.

The ride makes stops in Catlin, Westville, Georgetown, Indianola, Sidell, Allerton, Homer, Ogden, St. Joseph, Urbana, Rantoul, Ludlow, Paxton, Rankin, Hoopeston, Rossville, Henning, Potomac, Fithian and Oakwood.

Lunch will be provided to participants at the Paxton firehouse at about 12:42 p.m.

The ride, which ends at the Friendly Tavern in Danville at 4:10 p.m., raises funds for the I&I Firefighters Association's Fallen Firefighters Fund, which is used to help families of association members who have a loved one die in the line of duty.

For information, call Dan Hudson at 474-5177 or email him at

— The Champaign fire and police departments are holding a 20-minute 9/11 memorial at 8 a.m. Tuesday in West Side Park.

The service will be held at the Champaign Firefighter and Police Memorial in the northeast section of the park and near the corner of State and Church streets.

The program will include a presentation by Champaign police and fire department honor guards, with Lt. Todd Hitt playing the bagpipes, followed by tributes by Police Chief Anthony Cobb, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Clarkson, Fire Chaplain Dave Ashby, and Ray Elliott in memory of those who lost their lives on the Sept. 11 attacks on Flight 93, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The public is asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the 8 a.m. start.

— On Tuesday, the Altgeld Hall chimes will toll for two minutes at 7:46 a.m., 8:03 a.m., 8:43 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. — the times when two airliners struck the World Trade Center, a third airliner struck the Pentagon and a fourth plane went down in Pennsylvania.

Chimesmaster Sue Wood will be performing the two-minute tolls, followed by a 10-minute music concert performed by chimes player Matt Tronc at 12:50 p.m.

The hall is located at 1409 W. Green St., U.

— Lincoln's Challenge Academy, 205 W. Dodge Ave., Rantoul, will host a 9/11 program at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the academy's gymnasium.

A woman who was involved with Flight 93, which went down in Pennsylvania, is scheduled to speak.

For information, call the academy at 892-1314.

— A reception honoring first responders from Iroquois County will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau facility in Gilman. The Iroquois County Republican Women and Gilman Healthcare are sponsoring the event, which will include an appearance by State Treasurer Dan Rutherford. A video of first responders in action will be shown.

Following the event, there will be a processional down U.S. 45 through Onarga, Buckley and Loda and into Paxton. The procession leaves Gilman at about 6 p.m. Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen and various fire departments will lead the procession to the Ford County line, where they will be met by Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran, who will lead the group into Paxton.

People who would like to pay their respects to the victims of 9/11 and Iroquois and Ford counties' first responders are asked to line the streets along U.S. 45 for the procession.

— A special event titled "Remembrance Day" is being held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Paxton firehouse to remember all victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to honor first responders of Ford County. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford will be the special guest speaker.

The event is being sponsored by the Ford County Republicans, the Paxton Fire Protection District and the Knights of Columbus.

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