By Nick Moroni
Forest Park will be the starting point of a "silent parade" in honor of the first responders and citizens who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The parade takes place on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. and will start at the intersection of Van Buren and Madison streets.
The fire and police departments of Forest Park will participate in the parade alongside officials from area communities such as Westchester, Hillside, Bellwood and Maywood, according to a press release from the village. The parade was organized by Westchester Police Chief April Padalik.
"It's a fitting tribute to the victims of this horrific event who should never be forgotten," said Mayor Anthony Calderone, in the press release.
After departing from Madison and Van Buren, the parade will continue eastbound to Desplaines Avenue, then south to Roosevelt Road, west to Mannheim Road, and south to Dorcester Street. The procession will conclude with a memorial ceremony at St. Joseph High School in Westchester.
For traffic information on the day of the parade, call the Forest Park Police Department at 708-366-2425; for further details, call the Mayor's Office of Public Affairs at 708-615-6200.