Close to 100 Wilmette area residents of all ages and faiths commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by celebrating the role of first responders in that tragedy and in every day life.
The commemoration ceremony, organized by the Wilmette Interfaith Religious Leaders group in conjunction with Wilmette police and fire personnel, took place Sunday on the Wilmette Village Hall green.
Attendees heard addresses from Village President Chris Canning and from Interfaith group member the Rev. Sarah Butter, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette.
Canning last week issued an official village proclamation joining a national moment of remembrance and urging residents, first responders, houses of worship and other organizations throughout Wilmette to pause for a moment to remember those who lost their lives that day and to honor the heroic actions and sacrifices of all emergency personnel involved in rescue efforts.
“It was significant that people who attended came from across the age spectrum, from the very young through people who have experienced more than one tragedy,” the Rev. Peg Otte said Monday.
Otte, a pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wilmette, said Butter spoke of the importance that first responders such as police, fire and paramedic personnel hold in everyday life, as well as to sacrifices so many made during the 2001 attacks.
Otte also thanked residents who not only attended the official ceremony, but also lingered afterward to greet and speak with each other.
“It was very meaningful to have people across all faiths who wanted to stay and get to know one another,” she said.