Cicero commemorates 13th anniversary of Sept 11 terrorist attacks

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Cicero commemorates 13th anniversary of Sept 11 terrorist attacks

Cicero 9/11 Commemoration

Cicero 9/11 Commemoration

The Town of Cicero celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the National Anthem and Commemorated the victims of the 13th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during ceremonies Thursday evening, Sept. 11 at Community Park at 34th and Laramie Avenue. About 200 people attended.

Speakers included: Emcee: John Kociolko, Cicero Historian and former Cicero Assessor; Cicero Trustee and Former Fire Chief Dennis Raleigh; Fire Chief Ron Opalecky; Police Chief Bernard Harrison.

The color guard was offered by the American Legion Cicero Post 96 Veterans. Students of the J Morton High School District 201 Marching Band performed Patriotic Songs; and Clara Moldova, violinist and teacher from Masaryk Czech School, 23rd and 57th Street, performed for the audience.

Cicero Town officials including Cicero Town President Larry Dominick, Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Supervisor Joe Virruso, Collector Fran Reitz, Assessor Emilio Cundari, and trustees Dennis Raleigh, Victor Garcia, Lorraine Walsh and Larry Banks offered their praise for first responders noting that among the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, 341 firefighters also died.

Morton High School District Board President Jeffry Pesek said he was very proud of the performance of the school’s band at the event.

“They practice and work hard to perfect their orchestra and I am very proud of their performance,” said Pesek after the ceremony. “Morton High School DIstrict 201 has the best Marching Band in the state.”


Ray Hanania

Blogger, Columnist at Illinois News Network Online
Ray Hanania is senior blogger for the Illinois News Network online news site. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (From Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley).

In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. He hosted a live weekend Radio Show on WLS AM radio from 1980 through 1991, and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM and shows on WSBC AM in Chicago and WNZK AM in Detroit.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

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