Day-long event begins with a memorial service.
A memorial service for first responders to the 9/11 assault on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon kicked off a day of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary, and focus on our communities and our future at Maine East Sunday. Related: Reclaiming 9/11 as day of hope.
Community organizations come together for a day of service to honor heroes and victims of tragedy.
Hundreds of people attended HopeFest 2011 Sunday to honor the heroes of 9/11, remember the victims of the devastating attacks and pay tribute by serving their communities. HopeFest, an event sponsored by three area United Methodist Church congregations, started at 7:30 a.m. with the arrival of a 200-pound steel beam that was once part of the World Trade Center in New York at Maine East High School in Park Ridge. The beam, which has been donated to the Village of Park Ridge, will be put on permanent display at an as yet undetermined location. Related: Photo gallery of HopeFest. Throughout the day volunteers helped with blood drives and donated blood at two sites, participated in family-friendly CPR and disaster response/relief classes, …