Commemoration begins Thursday for 9/11 with the Patriot Guard and other motorcyclists escorting a flag from the National Guard Armory in Belmont, passed the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, to the Gerald R. Ford Museum. The museum is free on Sept. 11, from 9:00am - 5:00pm.
4 p.m. Staging begins for escort of Wounded Warriors and Flag. The staging area is the Belmont Armory, located at 1650 House Street, Belmont, Mich.
4:45 p.m. The Patriot Guard and police and fire units will escort Wounded Warriors and a special flag to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
5 p.m. The motorcade will arrive at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and roll through before continuing to the GRFPM.
5:20 p.m. Escorts arrive to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum entrance on the circle drive. Escorts will line up along flag line driveway facing Pearl Street. The public is invited to await the escorts’ arrival on the circle drive.
5:30 p.m. Raising of the flag and remarks by Retired Brig. General and WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Michael McDaniel. McDaniel recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance.
7:18 a.m. (sunrise) Scout Salute begins – the community is encouraged to participate at any time during the day
8:40 a.m. Honor Guard lowers flag from full- to half-staff
8:45 a.m. Moment of Silence and Remembrance
8:46 a.m. The Salute Bell will be rung one time for Tower 1 (the time the first plane hit the first tower)
8:50 a.m. Introduction of speaker Mayor George Heartwell
9:03 a.m. The Salute Bell will be rung one time for Tower 2
9:37 a.m. The Salute Bell will be rung one time for the Pentagon
10:03 a.m. The Salute Bell will be rung one time for United Airlines Flight 93
Noon Ceremony to honor Police, Fire, EMS and Military members
12:30-2 p.m. Canine unit demonstration, meet and greet at Ah-Nab-Awen Park
7 p.m. Evening ceremonies begin
- Performance by The Salvation Army Brass Band
- SpartanNash Honor and Remember flag presentation
- Remarks from keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
- Remarks from Boy Scout Council President Wayman Britt
- The final salute and the flag being raised to full-staff
8 p.m. (sunset) Scout Salute closes