Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) is scheduled to participate in two events on September 11 -- the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
The first event will be a dedication ceremony at the Holiday Shores Fire Department. They have obtained a piece of World Trade Center steel and have created a memorial garden that will be dedicated Sunday morning.
The second event is the Riverbend Memorial Service at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. The program features retired Col. Oliver North.
"September 11 is always a hallowed day, but the tenth anniversary of the attacks has increased both the number of events being held and the discussion surrounding the anniversary, particularly since bin Laden was killed earlier this year," Shimkus noted.
"Our nation will never be the same. We must remain vigilant, as those who wish to do us harm will never stop planning and plotting. They fear our freedom, so we must stand strong at home and abroad."
The Congressman has recorded his thoughts on this anniversary and answered other 9-11 questions in a video that is posted on YouTube at www.youtube.com/repshimkus.