Western Michigan community honors victims and survivors of 9/11


Two decades have passed since nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Among those lost were 343 firefighters, making it the deadliest day in US history. United for firefighters.

Countless numbers of people have been affected by death and destruction; many people still live with the impact of the events of September 11 every day.

This upcoming weekend marks 20 years after the United States was changed forever and the community of southwest Michigan came together to honor those who have fallen and those who continue to serve.

Many local events are planned this weekend to commemorate the 20 years of the historic event:

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University should host a silent staircase climb to remember those who sacrificed everything on 9/11.

The Remembrance Rise is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and will take place at Waldo Stadium.

Those who wish to register can register here.

Parchment community library

Parchemin Community Library has added its exhibition September 11, 2001: The day that changed the world to help people reflect on the event 20 years later.

The exhibit, consisting of 14 posters, was built by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The posters guide people through this day and its aftermath.

It is posted on the ground floor throughout September during opening hours.

Bronson Park

Kalamazoo County is planning a ceremony at Bronson Park to honor those who have fallen and those who continue to serve.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with guest speakers, music and ceremonial acts.

The event will feature News Channel 3 presenter Andy Dominianni as master of ceremonies, retired Kalamazoo County Sheriff Thomas N. Edmonds as guest speaker, and ceremonial acts performed by local fire brigade units, officers from the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department, and Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Deputies. Office.

Wings Stadium

Wings Stadium is expected to host a stairway open to the public with firefighters on Saturday at 8:20 am; registrations start at 7 a.m.

The staircase climb is equivalent to the 110 floors of the World Trade Centers and firefighters are encouraged to bring equipment and air bags.

Participants receive a commemorative tag with the name and photo of one of the 343 deceased firefighters.

Part of the staircase climb includes participants stopping at the 78th floor to announce whose names they are carrying.

McCamly Park

A 9/11 prayer walk is scheduled at McCamly Park in Battle Creek at 2 pm; attendees should begin to arrive at 1:30 pm The event is hosted by a local salon owner and the churches of Battle Creek.

The planned route will take walkers to Claude Evans Park where there will be a prayer and worship service.

Contact Reece Adkins at 269-589-2120.

West Michigan – Boy Scouts

The West Michigan Scout Community Day of Remembrance and Salvation Committee has expanded its annual 9/11 Community Scout Remembrance and Salvation Day outside of Grand Rapids.

The event was extended to Muskegon on the USS LST WWII landing ship and to Traverse City at the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department.

This year, the President Ford Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America is expected to host a day of “Scout Salute” at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to honor those who died in the terrorist attacks.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7:18 a.m. and features various speakers, the raising and lowering of the flag by color guards from the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Department, and the ringing of commemorative bells as the planes turned. crushed.

Activities at USS LST 393 in Muskegon are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and include ship tours, citizenship merit badge speakers, and a Pentagon Fire fire truck.

At the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Hall, the ceremony will feature music, guest speakers, and the firefighter honor guard and scouts will lower the flags to their waist at 8:30 a.m.

Various activities from all locations are expected to be broadcast live.

Seventh-day Adventist tabernacle

Retired Rear Admiral Darold Bigter is expected to speak during the 11 a.m. service at the 7th Day Adventist Tabernacle.

Bigter was in the building across from the Pentagon on September 11 and was sent to New York to help deal with the aftermath.

The service should also pay tribute to first responders.

Saint-Augustin Cathedral – Sunday

The annual diocesan “Blue Mass” of the Diocese of Kalamazoo is to honor first responders Sunday at St. Augustine’s Cathedral at 2 pm, led by Bishop Paul J. Bradley.

This year, the event is expected to commemorate 20 years after the tragic events of September 11 and the hard work done by frontline and essential workers during the pandemic.