The City of St. Charles held a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 7:30 a.m., Sept. 11, 2019 at the Fire Dept. Memorial Monument, 2 E. Main St. All were invited to come together as a community to honor the first responders who put duty before self and remember those who lost their lives that day.
“We hold remembrance ceremonies because it is our privilege to do so,” said Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet. “In this case, we honor 343 firefighters and 60 police officers who paid the ultimate price without thinking of the consequences. We take a few brief moments and honor their devotion and their absolute commitment to putting other people ahead of themselves.”
The ceremony begins with Posting the Colors by the St. Charles Fire Department Honor Guard; Remarks by Mayor Raymond Rogina, Fire Chief Joseph Schelstreet, and Police Chief James Keegan; Posting the Memorial Flag; Presenting the Memorial Wreath; Ringing the Fire Bell; Moment of Silence; Gun Salute; and ends with a peformance of Taps.