Byline: Harry Hitzeman Daily Herald Staff Writer
Thursday night, police cars will join fire trucks in Glendale Heights for a silent parade with emergency lights but no sirens.
Residents will pass candles around the Civic Center flagpole before the Glendale Heights VFW Post 2377 raises it back to full staff.
It will be a repeat scene of a memorial one year ago.
Linda Jackson said Glendale Heights will hold a service each Sept. 11 for as long as she's mayor.
"It was a devastating blow to our country," Jackson said. "It should not be forgotten."
Across DuPage County and the United States, people will participate in services and memorials remembering and honoring those killed Sept. 11, 2001.
In Naperville, leaders will dedicate the $270,000 Cmdr. Dan Shanower/Sept. 11 memorial garden, complete with a sculpture garden and eternal flame to remember victims. Shanower grew up in Naperville and was killed in the Pentagon attack.
In other towns, remembering what happened Sept. 11 might be as simple as flying the U.S. flag at half-staff and holding a moment of silence at 7:46 a.m., the time when the first hijacked airliner hit the World Trade Center.
These two guidelines were suggested by President Bush in September, 2002, when he designated Sept. 11 Patriot Day.
Glen Ellyn village officials held a low-key ceremony in 2002, planting two trees to symbolize the fallen towers.
This year, village officials are following Bush's guidelines since only the president can order flags flown at half staff.
"It's pretty significant it would become a day annually recognized with flags hanging lower," said Assistant Village Manager Curt Barrett.
DuPage High School District 88 in Villa Park will hold a moment of silence, which is a contrast to a 2002 assembly that included residents, police officers and village officials.
"Every one agrees it's important to remember it, but it doesn't require a ceremony like last year," District 88 spokeswoman Sherri Amsler said.
But Brad Sagarin, assistant psychology professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, said the fact that many towns, churches and schools are doing smaller Sept. 11 ceremonies and services could be because people are healing. …