Most folks over the age of 13 remember where they were 11 years ago today.
It was a black day in our nation's history when terrorists crashed passenger planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. On the eleventh anniversary of those attacks the Naperville Exchange Club is sponsoring the annual Sept. 11 remembrance at the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial.
This year’s event will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 at the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial, located behind the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., along the Riverwalk. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Council Chambers of the Municipal Center. Music from the Millennium Carillon will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Naperville Municipal Band playing at 5:45 p.m. The formal program begins at 6 p.m. CLTV News Anchor/WGN Reporter Dolly McCarthy will serve as emcee.
Joe Dittmar, World Trade Center survivor, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. Dittmar is Vice President of Property for Risk Evaluation & Design in Durham, N.C. On Sept. 11, 2001, Dittmar was attending a meeting at the New York City offices of Aon Corporation on the 105th floor of Two World Trade Center. He was one of only seven survivors of this meeting of 54 insurance executives and now shares his firsthand account of that day. Dittmar is a founding member of the Naperville 9/11 Memorial Commission and the Willow House 9/11 Survivors’ Support Group.