Fire Protection District hosts memorial, open house to honor 9-11 fallen

By on September 4, 2011

Photo: Paul Wdowicki, a retired fireman, sits looking at a memorial garden in his front yard in Elburn, planted to honor fallen firefighters from the 9-11 attacks. The garden’s perennials bloom through fall. Photo by Sandy Kaczmarski

by Sandy Kaczmarski
Elburn—The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 will be commemorated with a special open house on Sunday, Sept. 11, by the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District.

The ceremony will take place at Station 1 at 210 E. North St. and begin at 8:45 a.m., about the time American Airlines Flight 11 struck World Trade Center Tower 1 in New York.

“The honor guard will do a flag raising ceremony, and then we’ll read the names of the 343 firefighters who died,” Assistant Fire Chief Tate Haley said.

Following the ceremony, which should end around 10:30 a.m., there will be an open house until 4 p.m. at the fire station with an equipment display, activities and goodies such as hats, badges and coloring books for kids, as well as food and beverages.

Haley said the public is invited to visit a memorial garden at 7:30 a.m. at the home of Paul Wdowicki at 405 N. Second St. Firemen from Stations 1 and 2 will walk to the garden to pay respects to the fallen firefighters of 9-11. Wdowicki is a retired fireman and moved the garden from his Des Plaines home when he came to Elburn about nine years ago.

“It’s a brotherhood,” he said. “When you’re a fireman, all firemen are your brothers.”

Wdowicki has a bench by the garden “for anybody that wants to just stop and sit.” He said the perennial garden blooms all season and attracts lots of butterflies and hummingbirds.

“It’s something we should never forget,” Wdowicki said of the attacks.

There will also be an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Station 2, located at 39W950 Hughes Road, with similar activities for children and a light lunch.