9/11 remembrance events around the Quad Cities Area

Archive footage from KGMB, originally aired in 2002, one year after the 9/11 terror attacks.
Archive footage from KGMB, originally aired in 2002, one year after the 9/11 terror attacks.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 3:51 PM CDT
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QUAD CITIES (KWQC) - Several Quad City communities will be hosting events to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives when jetliners were hijacked and intentionally flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

First responders were among those who died and thousands of soldiers were killed in the subsequent War on Terror. Below is a list of events submitted so far.

Blackhawk Firefighters Association:

The Blackhawk Firefighters Association is hosting Community Together in Unity, Remembering the 21st Anniversary of 9/11, at noon Sunday at the Dixon Fire Department, 210 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, Illinois. The ceremony will honor the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.

The public is invited to attend the memorial service; however, seating will be limited, so organizers ask attendees to plan accordingly. Please call Jeff Bryant 815-994-6184 or Brandon Boettcher 815-915-6425 if you have any questions.

Burlington Fire Department:

A ceremony begins at 7:46 a.m. Sunday at Central Fire Station, 418 Valley St., with the ringing of the station bell and town church bells for two minutes. The ceremony includes the posting of the colors by the Burlington Police Department Honor Guard, keynote address, the playing of “Taps” by the Iowa Army National Guard, closing prayer, and “Amazing Grace.” The event will last approximately 15 minutes and will also be available live on the Burlington Fire Department Facebook page.

Geneseo Fire Department:

The Geneseo Fire Department will hold a 9/11 Stair Climb from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Bob Reade Field, 700 N. State St.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. and participants can climb stairs or walk the track anytime between 7 and 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. There will be raffles and a t-shirt sale.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.

Rock Island Arsenal:

Rock Island Arsenal is set to host two events Friday, open to the public; to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.

A flag walk will begin at 6:30 a.m., with marchers assembling at 6 a.m. at Memorial Field on Rock Island Arsenal. During the flag walk, marchers will carry American flags on a 2.5-mile course that will end at the 9/11 Memorial, across from Memorial Field. The flags, which represent the lives lost on September 11, 2001, will then be placed in a field adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial.

A remembrance ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial. The ceremony will honor both those who died in the terrorist attacks 21 years ago, and those who have subsequently made the ultimate sacrifice in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Maj. Gen. Mark C. Jackson, deputy commanding general for operations, Army National Guard, First United States Army, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony. The event will also feature a wreath-laying ceremony, a 21-gun salute, a moment of silence, and the playing of taps.

Members of the public who wish to participate in the flag walk or attend the ceremony will enter the arsenal at the Moline Gate and should be prepared to show valid identification.


Patriot’s Day Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Westland Mall, 550 Gear Avenue. The event will be hosted by: Southeast Iowa Regional Fire Honor Guard.

This year’s ceremony will pay tribute to survivors and children who are honorary members of the team, organizers said.