Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Israeli, Palestinian and American teens call the 10-year-old program "life-changing."
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. Like many after the World Trade Towers fell on 9/11, along with her sorrow and anguish, Glenview mom Gretchen Grad felt a call to action. This month, as the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks is solemnly commemorated, she and others can celebrate a decade of Hands of Peace, the non-profit she founded to foster mutual understanding among teens from Israel, the Palestinian territories and the U.S. “In the aftermath of 9/11, I was seeing such fear and hostility emerging,” Grad said. “I found that very frustrating and had this compulsion to do something.” WATCH: To see what Hands of Peace …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Day-long event begins with a memorial service.
A memorial service for first responders to the 9/11 assault on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon kicked off a day of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary, and focus on our communities and our future at Maine East Sunday. Related: Reclaiming 9/11 as day of hope.
Community organizations come together for a day of service to honor heroes and victims of tragedy.
Hundreds of people attended HopeFest 2011 Sunday to honor the heroes of 9/11, remember the victims of the devastating attacks and pay tribute by serving their communities. HopeFest, an event sponsored by three area United Methodist Church congregations, started at 7:30 a.m. with the arrival of a 200-pound steel beam that was once part of the World Trade Center in New York at Maine East High School in Park Ridge. The beam, which has been donated to the Village of Park Ridge, will be put on permanent display at an as yet undetermined location. Related: Photo gallery of HopeFest. Throughout the day volunteers helped with blood drives and donated blood at two sites, participated in family-friendly CPR and disaster response/relief classes, …
Community Gathers At Dawes Park To Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Attacks
City officials, the Fire and Police Departments, and numerous citizens gathered at Dawes Park on a beautiful Sunday morning to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. An artifact from the World Trade Center and a sculpture donated by artist Valerie Engel Shiff were unveiled during the ceremony. Both pieces will be located in the vestibule of Evanston's Police Heaquarters. Speakers for the event included Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Senator Jeff Schoenberg, Fire Chief Greg Klaiber, and Chief of Police Richard Eddington. Evanston Fire Chaplain Jones stated in his invocation, "That day cost us a lot at so many levels, and that wound will always be a part of who we are, and we cannot bring those many back."