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DuPage plans 9/11 tribute at Morton Arboretum

DuPage County will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Morton Arboretum. (Chicago Tribune file photo)

DuPage County will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Morton Arboretum. (Chicago Tribune file photo)

With the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearing, DuPage County is planning an event to remember those who lost their lives and also honor local active military and veterans.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, DuPage County is partnering with the Morton Arboretum and the Giving DuPage foundation to host a day of service and remembrance – with the theme being to honor everyday heroes, spokeswoman Johnna Kelly said.

“We had a videographer interview 10-year-olds and ask them who their hero is,” Kelly said. “It’s going to be a great video because many were born right around Sept. 11 – it’s interesting to get their perspective.”

The event is taking place at the Morton Arboretum’s Thornhill Education Center, 4100 IL Route 53 in Lisle. Music and video are part of the tribute along with speakers  Thomas Freeman,  fire chief of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District and Darlene Ruscitti of the regional office of education in DuPage County.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Northern Illinois Food Bank to gain access to the arboretum and event.

Kelly said seating for the tribute is limited and those interested should register at http://dupagedayofrememberance.eventbrite.com.

bdoyle@tribune.com

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