The clear blue sky over Evanston on Sept. 11 evoked memories of the terrorist attacks 12 years ago, said Fire Chief Greg Klaiber during the memorial service at 7:30 a.m. Fire Station 1 yesterday. “Twelve years ago at this time on a morning like this, 343 firefighters and 60 police officers lost their lives. We pause, reflect and remember those innocent victims,” he said.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks “are a searing part of our memories, but we must go home and tell our grandchildren who are too young to know what it means.” She thanked the police and fire departments, saying, “You do us proud. You are brave, you are marvelous, you take care of us.”

Police and fire chaplain David Jones spoke of the twin towers, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., as “sacred places, because they were so very expensive.” He said, though, there is “an unshakable conviction that evil is weaker than goodness, revenge can take us only so far and hatred will never, ever be able to knock down the twin towers of love.”

After the ceremonial tolling of the bell in memory of fallen comrades, firefighters, police officers, City officials and residents left to resume their day.