Ceremony for 9-11 in Elburn

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Paul Wdowicki will host his eighth annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony on Friday in his garden at 405 N. Second St., Elburn. He hopes for a strong turnout for the event this year.

The public ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10, the day before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Wdowicki plants his Garden of Memories every year in honor of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including firefighters. Wdowicki was a volunteer firefighter for Glenview Rural Fire Department for 18 years.

Because of recent medical problems, Wdowicki has not been able to care for the garden as much as he would like and was not sure he could host the ceremony again this year. He decided to go ahead with the event, however, after local Explorer Scouts from the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department offered to weed and trim the garden earlier this week.

The Scouts, along with Elburn firefighters, will be on hand for the ceremony on Friday, during which they will raise two flags in the garden and then lower them to half-mast. Wdowicki’s flags were custom-made and include a depiction of the New York skyline when the Twin Towers still stood.

The event also will feature a blessing by the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department chaplain.

Last year, a few neighbors were at the remembrance ceremony, but Wdowicki said everyone in the community is welcome.

“I really hope more people attend this year,” he said.