There will be several events to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 throughout the Dekalb and Sycamore area. Here are a list of some of those events. They are all open to the public.

The Sycamore Fire Department – The Patriot Day – 9/11 Ceremony 

The Sycamore Fire and Police Departments will be observing a special ceremony to honor Patriot Day. This event will be south of the Good Tymes Shelter in Sycamore Park on 09/11/21 at 0730 hours.

Schedule of events:

  • Fire Chief’s Peter Polarek welcomes Guest
  • Post the Colors (Fire and Police Honor Guard)
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Invocation (Father Beekman)
  • Mayor Steve Braser comments
  • Fire Chief’s comments
  • Bell Ceremony in honor of the fallen (Fire Honor Guard)
  • Rifle salute in honor of the fallen (Police Honor Guard)
  • TAPS (Michael Embrey-USAF Band Veteran)
  • Benediction (Father Beekman)
  • Dismissal

For more information, contact Peter S. Polarek, Fire Chief at 815-895-4514.

DeKalb Fire Department to Observe Patriot Day with Ceremony 

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 7:30 AM, the DeKalb Fire Department will observe Patriot Day with a Remembrance Ceremony at Fire Station #1, located at 700 Pine Street in DeKalb. The public is invited to join the DeKalb Fire Department on the apparatus floor to honor the sacrifices of our fallen brothers and sisters and the memories of all who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Masks are required for all attendees. This solemn occasion will feature the presentation of colors by the DeKalb Firefighters Honor Guard and bagpipes by DeKalb Firefighters Highland Guard. In recognition of the twentieth anniversary of this tragic event, the American Flag be flown from atop the aerial ladder on Truck 2 from 9:00 AM until sundown at Station #1.

For more information, Contact Fire Chief Jeff McMasters, please call 815-748-8460.

Fire Station #1 – 700 Pine Street – DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb American Legion Ceremonial Honor Guard – 1130 hours

A military funeral to honor fellow Navy Veteran Roger Holman will be held at 1130 hours. Anderson Funeral home has requested The DeKalb American Legion Ceremonial Honor Guard detail for the following veteran funeral ceremony:

  • Funeral Services for Navy Veteran Roger Holman
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021
  • Graveside, @ Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb, IL at 11:30 am
  • Ceremonial Honor Guard meet at the Post by 10:45 am and move out by 11:15 am

American Flag, Rifle detail and Bugler (Michael Embrey)

Fairview Cemetery – 1400 South First Street – DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb American Legion Honors Patriot Day Ceremony – 12:15 PM

The DeKalb American Legion Ceremonial Honor Guard will make a brief presentation at 1215 hours to honor the First Responders and others that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This event will be held at the DeKalb American Legion Hall located at 1204 South 4th Street in DeKalb, Illinois. This event is open to everyone and guests are welcome to tour Legion Hall following the ceremony.

  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 1215 hours
  • Welcome by Commander Manuel Olalde
  • Honor Prayer   
  • Ceremonial Honor Guard pays respect
  • TAPS – Bugler Michael Embrey

American Legion Hall – 1204 South 4th Street – DeKalb, Illinois

Honoring Patriot Day at Sunset

Whiskey Acres will pay special honor to Patriot Day with a brief ceremony at sunset. This event will happen on the grounds of Whiskey Acres located at 11504 Keslinger Rd in DeKalb, Illinois.

“We are pleased to honor the many first responders as well as our military service personal that support the mission of acknowledging the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001”, comment Nick Nagele, Marketing Director at Whiskey Acres. “This solemn occasion will be our way of supporting patriotism and respect for all that serve this nation to make our lives better.”.

A brief presentation by the DeKalb American Legion will be held at sunset (approximately 7:15 PM) to mark the end of this day in respect to Patriot Day.

  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 1915 hours
  • Welcome 
  • Music Selection – Amazing Grace by Michael Embrey
  • Honor Prayer –  Legion Chaplin Michael Giuliano
  • Ceremonial Honor Guard pays respect
  • TAPS – Bugler Michael Embrey

Whiskey Acres – 11504 Keslinger Rd – DeKalb, Illinois