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September 11 Events Scheduled Today

The Darien-Woodridge Fire Department will host a ceremony at 9 a.m. this morning, Giving DuPage will host a day of remembrance gathering tonight.

September 11 Ceremony This morning

A short ceremony will be held at the at 7550 Lyman, Darien at 9 a.m. today. This ceremony will be in remembrance of the 343 New York City firefighters, and the thousands of other citizens, who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of 2001. Flags commemorating each of the firefighters who died that day will be placed near the firefighter memorial, which contains a piece of one of the twin towers at ground zero.

Day of Remembrance and Service Tonight

Local chambers of commerce will be gathering togethering for a Day of Service and Remembrance tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The get together will be held at the Downers Grove Moose Lodge 1535, 1030 Warren Ave.

During the event, chambers in Downers Grove, Darien, Lombard and Westmont will join together to connect churches, schools, businesses, scout troops, families and individuals with service projects in local not-for-profits. 

Last year, in honor of the 10 anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Giving DuPage hosted a gathering that included music, speakers and on-site service projects at the Morton Arboretum.

This year the emphasis will be placed on matching skills with needs and creating ongoing relationships between community members and not-for-profits organizations, according to a press release from Giving DuPage about the event.

“With all the human services budget cuts, it’s more important than ever to volunteer time or talent to the many not-for-profits that serve those in need," said Laura Crawford, President and CEO of the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry. "The spirit of volunteerism was so great after 9/11, and this event is intendedtro keep that spirit alive by stimulating conversations and promoting interest between potential volunteers and not-for-profit organizations.” 

Representatives from local nonprofits will be on hand to talk about their organizations and their greatest volunteer needs. Business and community members will were wear name tags of a different color that note a self-identified talent they would like to share, Crawford said. 

The event is free and open to the community.

For more information, visit the Giving DuPage website.

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