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McHenry to hold 9/11 remembrance ceremony Tuesday

Officers and firefighters at McHenry's Sept. 11, 2016, memorial ceremony.
Officers and firefighters at McHenry's Sept. 11, 2016, memorial ceremony.

The city of McHenry will hold a ceremony Tuesday to honor victims of 9/11.

Tuesday will mark the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and the city of McHenry has planned a remembrance event for 9 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, 3400 Pearl St.

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District Honor Guard will raise a flag that flew over Firehouse Engine 10, Ladder 10, located across the street from where Tower 2 of the World Trade Center stood.

About 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11 attacks, when terrorists seized control of four planes. They flew two of them into the World Trade Center skyscrapers in New York and the fourth into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The event will include a moment of silence at 9:05 a.m. to mark the moment the South Tower fell.

The aim of the ceremony is to remember the events and the “many examples of heroism, bravery and generosity that were put forth that day and that continue to be present,” according to a news release from the city of McHenry.

The flag was donated to the city by local businessman Mark Justen, according to a news release from the city of McHenry.

Mayor Wayne Jett, Police Chief John Birk and McHenry Township Fire Protection District Chief Tony Huemann will speak at the event.

The McHenry High School Choir will perform at the event, which is free and open to the public.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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