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9/11 remembrances in the Tri-Cities
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Published: 9/11/2009 12:05 AM

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Some events being held Friday in memory of the victims from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

• Paul Wdowicki of Elburn is hosting a remembrance for the firefighters and others who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. He built a "special garden" in his yard as a memorial and that's where the service will be conducted. The memorial service starts at 10 a.m. Friday at 405 N. Second St. He says the Elburn Fire Department will take part.

• Carrie Schafer, of Batavia, an independent drama teacher who instructs several area high school students, is staging a drama, "War at Home," to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Batavia Congregational Church, 21 S. Batavia Ave. The play centers a group of students in a New York high school 100 miles north of ground zero responding to the events of Sept. 11. The text of the ensemble piece was created from actual journal writings of more than 40 students, teachers and community members in the weeks immediately following the attacks. The drama demonstrates how the students came to grips with their reactions and feelings from living through the attacks. The cast consists of mostly Batavia High School students. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students. All proceeds will be given to the 9-11 Memorial Fund in New York.

• South Elgin will hold a remembrance for the public at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the South Elgin High School Auditorium. The school is at 760 E. Main St.

• A prayer service in downtown Geneva in conjunction with the Awakening America Alliance's "Cry Out America" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kane County Courthouse, 100 St. Third St. It is part of a 50-state effort. For more information, contact Pam Liesendahl at (630) 707-4288 or