Seventeen years ago, on a day much like September 11, 2018, the United States suffered the worst terrorist attack on its own soil. From the chaos, confusion, and death, came a valiant patriotic spirit from each and every American. Each year, Naperville comes together to celebrate the valor of the first responders, civilians, and heroes who fell that day.
Naperville lost one of its own that day. Commander Dan Shanower perished in the attack on the Pentagon. An iron girder from the World Trade Center sits atop a marble plinth in the shape of the Pentagon, a large gash representing where the plane struck. The memorial honors a local American patriot, and it also stands for the Americans that were lost that day.
In Naperville Honors, local community leaders, the Police and Fire Chief, Mayor Steve Chirico, and CBS Newsradio traffic reporter and Kirkland Community Fire District Lt. Kris Habermehl spoke about September 11, 2001, and how America changed that day.