Traveling 9/11 Memorial will return to West Michigan

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– This September will mark 15 years since the 9/11 attacks. A traveling exhibit will return to West Michigan to commemorate and honor those who lost their lives.

The West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute committee announced the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s “9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit” will stop in Grand Rapids and coincide with the West Michigan community’s annual September 11 Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute.

The mobile exhibit will be on display September 9-11 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

As part of the community’s annual observance, Boy Scouts of America will be joined by area Girl Scouts  to lead the West Michigan community in the 15th annual day-long Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute, which pays respect to all those who died during the terrorist attacks.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be open 2:30 – 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 9;  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 10; and 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday Sept. 11.

The schedule of events for the Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute on Sunday Sept. 11 includes:

  • 7:19 a.m. (sunrise): Honor guard lowers flag from full-to-half-staff and Scout Salute begins. The community is encouraged to participate at any time during the day
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 10:05 a.m.: Non-Denominational Service
  • 1 – 6 p.m.: Canine and Mounted Police demonstrations  (at various times throughout the afternoon)
  • 2 p.m.: Ceremony honoring fire, police, EMS and Military
  • 6:50  p.m.: Evening ceremonies begin

There will also be a performance by The Salvation Army Brass Band, SpartanNash Honor and Remember flag presentation, remarks from keynote speaker retired Brigadier General and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Michael C.H. McDaniel, remarks from Boy Scout Council President Wayman Britt, and a final salute and the flag being raised to full-staff.

The salute ends at 8 p.m.

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