The Salvation Army Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

In honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division hosted and participated in a number of commemoration events across the Chicagoland area.  Individual Corps Community Centers held memorial services and remembrance ceremonies and Salvation Army leadership spoke at several events in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Below are just a few of the commemoration ceremonies and events that The Salvation Army participated in to honor and remember those who lost their lives in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corps 9/11 Memorial Service & Block Party
Salvation Army Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz spoke at the Oakbrook Terrace Corps Community Center’s 9/11 Memorial Service and Block Party at Brandywine Park on Sunday, September 11.  The event featured a picnic lunch, activities for the whole family and a special memorial service to remember those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.

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4th Annual CFD-CPD vs. Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Charity Softball Game
Major Greg Thompson represented The Salvation Army at the 4th Annual Chicago Fire Department – Chicago Police Department vs. Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Charity Softball Game on Sunday, September 11, at Little Wrigley Field in Humboldt Park.  In honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a special ‘Ceremony of Remembrance’ was held to honor the victims of that fateful day.  The Salvation Army also provided a canteen with water and coffee for the duration of the game.

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Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Rally Day and 9/11 Commemoration
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center held a Rally Day for the West Pullman and Roseland communities on Chicago’s Far South Side on Sunday, September 11, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  The Rally Day featured a picnic and carnival games and community members released balloons into the air to offer a prayer of peace.

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HopeFest 2011
Salvation Army Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz was an honored speaker at the HopeFest 2011 Commemorative Ceremony on Sunday, September 11. Lt. Colonel Bukiewicz represented the many social service agencies that worked tirelessly to provide aid at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.

HopeFest, a day of remembrance and HOPE-affirming volunteer action across the Park Ridge community, began with a tribute to local first responders at Maine East High School and the commemoration of a steel beam from the World Trade Center in New York City donated to the city of Park Ridge to honor the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks.

The day’s activities included blood drives, family friendly CPR classes, disaster response/relief class, food pantry collections, clean-up and repair projects and elderly care for our local nursing home residents.

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Ten Years Later: The Salvation Army’s Response to The 9/11 Attacks

On September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks on passenger airliners left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more in need. The Salvation Army was closely involved with the recovery process for survivors in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. following the tragic events of 9/11.

Arriving within a half-hour of the first plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, The Salvation Army was one of the first relief organizations to arrive on the scene at “Ground Zero” and provided extensive support for relief workers and volunteers. The Army continued to support recovery efforts throughout the months-long clean-up process. In the months and years that followed, The Salvation Army assisted thousands of people impacted by the September 11 attacks with practical assistance as well as spiritual and emotional care.

Major Activities:

  • The Salvation Army continued to serve the immediate needs of those who were displaced following the attacks in a variety of ways, including rent and utility assistance, job placement and referrals for health care needs.
    • For instance, the Army worked directly with landlords, utility companies and other vendors in New York City to pay necessary bills for survivors, ensuring they were not evicted and that the lights and phone were kept on.
    • The Salvation Army allocated resources toward long-term assistance programs, including an extensive $4 million crisis counseling program for nearly 6,000 people impacted by the tragedy..
    • At its peak, the Army was working with 1,400 open cases at any given time.
    • The program remained active until January 1, 2007.
  • In total, the Greater New York Division of The Salvation Army served more than 59,000 people through 9/11-related, long-term assistance programs.  Services provided by The Salvation Army’s World Trade Center Recovery Program included:
    • Clothing and Food Assistance
    • Crisis Counseling and Group Therapy
    • Child Care
    • Employment Training and Placement
    • FEMA Filing Assistance
    • Final Expenses – Funeral/Burial
    • Financial Assistance and Counseling
    • Healthcare Referral Assistance
    • Housing and Utilities Assistance
    • Homelessness Services (Homeward Bound and other programs)
    • Immigration Assistance
    • Legal Assistance
    • Public Benefits Assistance
    • Small Business Services
    • Spiritual Counseling
    • Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Transportation Assistance
  • In response to the simultaneous attack at the Pentagon, The National Capital and Virginia Division of The Salvation Army:
    • Provided aid and comfort to relief workers and survivors at the Pentagon site, serving meals and drinks while offering spiritual counseling and support.
    • Assisted more than 17,000 survivors and their families with direct social service aid, allocating in excess of $7 million.
  • The New Jersey Division of The Salvation Army played a major role in relief efforts in New York by:
    • Setting up temporary shelters, feeding stations and pastoral counseling services.
    • Assisting in the Liberty State Park Family Assistance Center.
    • Running warehouse operations for delivering supplies into New York City.
    • Providing a mobile canteen at the NYC Medical Examiner’s Office.
    • Overall, from 9/11/01 until 3/30/02 the New Jersey Division served 10,198 people (3,096 households).
  • Following the crash of United Flight #93 outside Shanksville, PA, The Western Pennsylvania Division of The Salvation Army responded to the needs of relief workers and victims’ families at the crash site by:
    • Serving nearly 20,000 meals
    • Performing 5 worship services
    • Providing a total of 13,000 volunteer hours
  • Because The Salvation Army already provides all of these services 365 days a year throughout the country, it had a ready and willing pool of social workers and counselors available to assist with the needs of the community in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
  • The American public donated $86 million to The Salvation Army to respond to the 9/11 attacks.
    • The majority of the money was used within the first year and a half following the attacks to provide practical items and services including: food for rescue workers and volunteers, steel-toed boots, socks, eye drops, rest stations and other items related to the recovery and clean-up at Ground Zero.
    • Remaining funds were allocated to provide for longer-term needs of victim’s families and others affected by the tragedy.
    • Meals and relief services were also offered at the Pentagon and at the crash site of United Airlines Flight #93.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

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Remembering 9/11

This weekend,  The Salvation Army will participate in various memorial services honoring 9/11, a few are  listed below.

Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service
Maywood residents: Join the Village of Maywood and The Salvation Army at the Maywood Bataan Day on Sunday, September 11, at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park.  Salvation Army Captain Rebecca Dickson Simmons will join the Maywood Bataan Day Organization in paying tribute to the Maywood National Guardsmen and all of the heroes of the 9/11 attacks.  For more information, please visit

Waukegan Corps Block Party
Residents of Lake County: Join The Salvation Army Waukegan Corps for the 2011 Annual Block Party on Saturday, September 10, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 850 S. Green Bay Rd in Waukegan.  The party includes carnival games, free food and free school clothing.  Click here for more information.

To see more 9-11 memorial coverage, visit: The Salvation Army’s national blog.