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Illinois marks anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Here in Chicago and across the nation, Wednesday is a day of remembrance. Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City with solemn remembrances.

Engine 98 and Ambulance 11 held a special memorial at 202 E. Chicago Wednesday morning, at the exact time the first plane struck the tower. They remembered the victims whose lives were cut short, the brave first responders who fought to save them and paid tribute to the families who lost loved ones that day.

Governor Quinn is honoring the 9/11 victims and service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He proclaimed Wednesday "Patriot Day" and national day of service and remembrance.

The governor also unveiled the "Portrait of a Soldier" memorial exhibit at Columbia College in Chicago. It features a series of hand-drawn portraits of nearly all of the 306 Illinois men and women who died in the attack, Iraq, Afghanistan or in combat service to our country since Sept. 11, 2001.

In Chicago, retired Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis, a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon, addressed members of the Union League Club. Bells will ring and the audience will observe a moment of silence.

In Naperville, there will be a speech by the teacher of one of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93. The passengers and crew of that hijacked flight were able to stop the terrorists from reaching their intended target: The U.S. Capitol.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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