September 11 Remembrance Taking Place at Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial

17th Anniversary Event to Feature Remarks from Kris Habermehl

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – On the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Exchange Club of Naperville is once again sponsoring Naperville’s annual September 11 remembrance.

This year’s event will take place starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 at the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial, located behind the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., along the Riverwalk. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Municipal Center Council Chambers. The Naperville Municipal Band will play at 5:45 p.m. prior to the start of the event.

From noon to 12:30 p.m. that day, a special 30-minute concert on the bells of the Millennium Carillon in remembrance of September 11 will occur. This will include a solemn tolling of the “Big Joe” bell followed by “In Memoriam,” a carillon piece written following the events of September 11 meant to be played in bell towers throughout the world. Carillon music can also be heard beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s featured speaker is Kris Habermehl, who has been a fixture on Chicago radio and TV for a quarter of a century. Working for decades from aboard the CBS TV and radio helicopters “Chopper2” and “Chopper 780,” Habermehl has been able to combine work with his other passion, flying. Habermehl has won five regional Emmys and numerous other broadcasting awards. He also lectures on severe weather events, maritime and aviation history and can be seen on various PBS documentaries on Chicago.

When not on the air, Habermehl is a firefighter lieutenant in charge of training at the Kirkland Community Fire District in northern DeKalb County. He was one of the first to arrive on the scene of the deadly tornado in Fairdale in 2015 and remains actively engaged with residents there to this day.

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