Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial, located behind the Naperville Municipal Center
The Exchange Club of Naperville will again sponsor Naperville’s annual September 11 remembrance, this year’s event marking the 18th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the nation.
The remembrance will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. with the tolling of the bells of the Millenium Carillon and a Naperville Municipal Bank performance at 5:45 p.m. from the plaza near the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial, located behind the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., along the Riverwalk. Speeches from city officials will begin at 6 p.m. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Municipal Center Council Chambers.
The featured speaker for the event will be Charles F. Johanns, who served as co-chair of the Naperville 9/11 Shanower Memorial Commission, along with the late A. George Pradel, who was Naperville mayor from 1995 to 2015. The event will also feature music by the Naperville Municipal Band and remarks by Mayor Steve Chirico.
Johanns served in the Army Reserves from 1958 to 1968, retiring as a captain. He began his career as a journalist, later becoming senior vice president for Kemper Insurance, managing the firm’s communications and government relations departments. He has been a Naperville resident since 1968 and has served on the Naperville Cultural Commission, as a docent at Naper Settlement and as an adjunct professor of communications at North Central College.
The memorial was designed as a tribute to Cmdr. Dan Shanower, a Naperville native and Navy officer who died at his post in the Pentagon on 9/11, as well as all those who died in the terrorist attacks that day. The Naperville memorial, one of the first in the nation to be completed, was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2003.