Community Day of Remembrance at Ford Museum Thursday and Friday in Honor of 9/11
In honor of those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the exhibit 9/11: A Day That Changed America, on loan from the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City, and a rescue vehicle used following the attacks, on loan from the Henry Ford Museum, will be on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (GRFPM) in downtown Grand Rapids. The exhibits will be on display as part of the 14th annual Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute on Sept. 11, 2015. In addition, Wounded Warriors from the West Michigan region, and the flag that will be flown at the museum during the commemoration, will be escorted into Grand Rapids by fire and police personnel, and more than 200 motorcyclists. Several other events are scheduled during the commemoration.
For the 14th year, the President Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America will lead the West Michigan community in a day-long “Scout Salute” at the GRFPM on Sept. 11 to pay respect to all those who died during the terrorist attacks.
To honor the arrival of the flag that will be flown during the Scout Salute, during the afternoon of Sept. 10, Wounded Warriors, members of various police and fire departments, the Patriot Guard Riders, members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group and the Boy Scouts of America will escort the flag to the GRFPM from the National Guard Armory located in Belmont, Mich. Upon the flag’s arrival to the museum at 5 p.m., it will be raised during a ceremony which is open to the public.
During evening ceremonies on Sept. 11, SpartanNash will present a personalized Honor and Remember flag to the parents of Army Specialist 4th Class Brian K. Derks, who was killed in action August 13, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq.
While the exhibits are on display in Grand Rapids, the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, located at 303 Pearl Street N.W., is free and open to the public to visit. The museum and exhibit will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 11.
Here is the schedule of events.
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