West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance honors lives lost on September 11


BIG RAPIDS, MICH. – To honor those who lost their lives, on September 11, 2001, the annual West Michigan Scout Community Day of Remembrance and Salvation will be held on Friday, but a little different from previous years, it will be held virtually.

Friday marks the 19th year that President Ford Field Service Council and Boy Scouts of America will greet the West Michigan community with the help of the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Presidential Foundation.

To participate, visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Facebook page at sunrise around 7:19 am where you will see the introduction of the honor guard.

The Honor Guard, along with the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Services, will then lower the flag outside the museum to honor all those who died in the terrorist attacks.

A bell will also ring at different times of the morning, symbolizing the exact time when planes crashed into buildings.

There will also be several speakers throughout the day before the closing ceremony and the tap dancing is played.

“Well, 911 changed the history of the world, not just the history of the United States, not just the history of the Middle East, it changed the history of the world. So it’s a big event. It is logical but also in a microscopic sense it is important because 3000 people lost their lives. And we want to remember those innocent people, men, women and children who have been targeted for an attack, whether they’re in Shanksville on a plane or showing up to work at the World Trade Center or civilians or military going there for about their business, unprovoked attack. And it’s important that we honor them and never forget them, ”said Gleaves Whitney, executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

The program of Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salvation events for Friday September 11, 2019 includes:

  • 7:18 a.m. Start of the scout salute
  • 7:19 a.m. Opening / Invocation / Introduction of the Guard of Honor (sunrise)
  • 7:19 a.m .: Guard of Honor lowers Flag Guard of Honor (at the Presidential Gerald R. Ford Museum)
  • 8:46 a.m. Ring the bell for the fire in the south tower of the GR
  • 9:03 am Ring Bell for the fire at the GR North Tower
  • 9:37 AM Ring Bell for Pentagone GR Fire
  • 10:03 am Ring Bell for United Airline Flight 175 GR Fire
  • 12:00 pm Speaker – General McDaniel
  • 6:45 p.m. Boy Scouts of America discussion on the day’s activities
  • 7:59 p.m. Final hi with Echo Taps (Sunset)
  • 8:00 p.m. Closing of the scout salute