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Glenview memorial revives 9/11 emotions

Atticus Ludwig

IN MEMORIAM: Senior Kevin Schroeder (right) and sophomore Steven Schroeder (center) stand behind their younger sister during the memorial held in Galley Park to commemorate the lives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Many South students contributed to the event, including Solace and Nine , who performed “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner.

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The Glenview community was invited to a memorial in Gallery Park Sept. 11 to honor those who lost their lives due to the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001.

The hour-long ceremony entitled “Glenview Remembers” began with audiotapes of dispatchers during this tragedy, and it consisted of performances by South’s Solace and Nine, and a performance of Taps on the trumpet by marching band seniors Julie Hanson and Stephanie Hoker. Also included was a Bagpipe and Drum performance by the Emerald City, a musical group that has performed during other Sept. 11 memorial events.

According to junior Maddie Hauser, the compilation of news reports of the attack 10 years ago revived powerful memories.

“When they were playing the news reports, that was the moment that it really hit that America had been under attack, so it was a history-breaking moment and to hear it replayed [was powerful],” Hauser said. “When the planes hit, I was in school, but I remember going after school to a neighbor’s house and watching the planes [crash] on TV […] I remember that it was a scary thing to be watching and thinking back about it now, I would’ve been scared thinking, ‘What if that came here? What if that happened where I am?’”

Solace member Lauren Tu also felt her emotions awaken and felt honored to perform “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” at the memorial.

“It felt really good to be singing for a good cause,” Tu said. “It was definitely more meaningful [than other performances] because 9/11 was such a big topic in America and people still talk about it today, so it felt more important.”

Along with the performances, Glenview decided to dedicate a portion of this Sept. 11 memorial to the 403 emergency responders who lost their lives during the attack with a candlelit ceremony. Don Hohs, Glenview Police Patrol-Day shift Commander, noted that this solemn aspect effectively captured the essence of the responders’ courage.

“Although [Glenview police officers are] never 100 percent in harm’s way, there’s always the possibility for both policemen and firemen, not just in Glenview but throughout the nation, [to make] a selfless sacrifice,” Hohs said. “That’s all part of the job, […] but [the emergency responders to Sept. 11] also understood the selfless act was something they would have to provide in order to save other people.”

Throughout this candlelight ceremony, which was crafted to honor the fallen emergency responders, junior Mackenzie Morgan said this triggered many emotions.

“I decided to come to the memorial because 9/11 was a hard time for everyone and my brother’s in the army, so I thought that it would be interesting to come to the service and remember [the tragedy],” Morgan said.

Although the event was dedicated to those who had lost their lives during the attack on Sept.11, 2001, Glenview Firefighter Scott Waddle said that these commemorative events help communities positively progress.

“I think it’s a good reminder of communities coming together and remembering the struggles that we’ve gone through together and where [our communities are] going to go in the future,” Waddle said.

 Don Hohs, Glenview Police patrolday shift commander, noted that this solemn aspect effectively captured the essence of the responders’ courage.

“Although [Glenview police officers are] never 100 percent in harm’s way, there’s always the possibility for both policemen and firemen, not just in Glenview but throughout the nation, [to make] a selfless sacrifice,” Hohs said. “That’s all part of the job, […] but [the emergency responders to Sept. 11] also understood the selfless act was something they would have to provide in order to save other people.”

Junior Mackenzie Morgan said the candlelit ceremony triggered many emotions.

“I decided to come to the memorial because 9/11 was a hard time for everyone and my brother’s in the army, so I thought that it would be interesting to come to the service and remember [the tragedy],” Morgan said.

Although the event was dedicated to those who had lost their lives during the attack on Sept.11, 2001, Glenview Firefighter Scott Waddle said that these commemorative events help communities positively progress.

“I think it’s a good reminder of communities coming together and remembering the struggles that we’ve gone through together and where [our communities are] going to go in the future,” Waddle said.

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