Graph Expo Remembers

At 11:45 am on Sunday, September 11, 2011, in McCormick Place South a single bagpiper led a color guard through the Exhibit Hall to the Grand Concourse as part of the GRAPH EXPO 2011 ceremony remembering those who perished on September 11, 2001.
At noon, to coincide with the 1:00 pm (EST) national moment of silence, a still fell over the Grand Concourse as those in attendance paused to remember the victims of that terrible day. After the minute of silence concluded, Commander Carmelita Earls of the Chicago Fire Department sang the National Anthem and then the bagpiper led the Color Guard out of the Grand Concourse signaling the remembrance ceremony had come to an end.
Many of the people who were in attendance at Print in 2001 are also in attendance at this year’s Graph Expo. Among them is Stanley Freimuth, who was the Chairman of the Graphic Arts Show Company during PRINT 01. He remembers calls from the mayor of Chicago and the governor of Illinois urging that the show be kept open so that attendees and vendors would not have to be turned out on the streets. However, his strongest memory was of show goers as news of the tragedy spread.
“The overall reaction there was just like everywhere else in the country,” he recalls. “There was total shock and dismay and concern for families
and friends.”
Today, the shock may have faded but the memories remain as GRAPH EXPO remembers.