UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — People are paying tribute to those killed September 11, 2001. UI’s ROTC units climbed 1,980 steps at Memorial Stadium to honor and remember the firefighters who rushed into the World Trade Center. Some members of local fire and police departments and the FBI participated as well.
“Seeing those young kids out there, still committed, still there to give honor, remember what happened 18 years ago, It was wonderful,” Urbana Fire Chief Chuck Lauss said. He led a ceremony at 7:46 am, in Urbana to honor those who died on 9/11.
“I liken it a lot to what happened at Pearl Harbor,” Lauss said. “We have not forgotten Pearl Harbor. We can never forget what happened at Pearl Harbor. We were attacked, just the same as 9-11 in New York City. We can never forget that. Forgiving is different, but we can never forget what happened.”
Another ceremony took place at West Side Park in Champaign, with a moment of silence held at 8:46 am.
“It’s significant,” Champaign Fire Captain Todd Hitt said. “We have a lot of young guys in the department now that maybe just learned about it in school. Those of us who were here. It brings us back to that day, most of us remember exactly where we were at when it happened.”
The ceremony lasted roughly 20 minutes, with bagpipe players performing Amazing Grace to conclude the remembrance.
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