West Michigan to remember 9/11

Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

The annual September 11 Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute event, which is normally held outside on the plaza of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, will include additional activities at different locations, including the Traverse Bay Metro Fire Station and at the USS LST 393 – World War II Landing Ship in Muskegon.

To honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that day, the color guards from the Grand Rapids Police and Fire departments will lower and raise the flag outside of the museum to commemorate the opening and closing of the day’s events at sunrise and sunset.

A ceremony also will be held at the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Station. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Fire Honor Guard and Boy Scouts lowering flags to half-staff and conclude at 8:55 a.m. with a fly-by from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Scouts and members of the community can visit the USS LST 393 – World War II Landing Ship starting at 10 a.m. There will be various activities including a tour of the ship until 4 p.m.

Various activities will be live streamed at facebook.com/MichiganCrossroadsCouncil.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at fordlibrarymuseum.gov/ for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum event.

The schedule of the day’s events is below:


7:18 a.m. – Scout Salute Begins

7:30 a.m. – Live streaming starts in Grand Rapids

7:35 a.m. – Opening/Invocation/Introduction of Color guard

7:40 a.m. – Honor Guard lowers flag Honor Guard Lt. John Dorer

7:50 a.m. – Share events of the day/close program Ken Chudy

8 a.m. – Message from the Michigan Crossroads Council Don Shepard, MCC Scout executive

8:30 a.m. Live streaming ends in Grand Rapids and switches to Traverse City (see Metro timeline 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

8:46 a.m. – Ring Bell for South Tower GR Fire

9 a.m. – Live streaming ends in Traverse City and switches to Grand Rapids

9:03 a.m. – Ring Bell for North Tower GR Fire

9:37 a.m. – Ring Bell for Pentagon GR Fire

10:03 a.m. – Ring Bell for United Airline Flight 93 GR Fire

10:15 a.m. – Afternoon Program

11 a.m. – Live streaming ends in Grand Rapids

1 p.m. – Live streaming starts at LST 393 (see LST timeline 1 p.m. to about 4 p.m.)

5:55 p.m. – Live streaming restarts in Grand Rapids

6 p.m. – Salvation Army Band Plays

6:10 p.m. – Evening Program

  • Invocation
  • Salvation Army Officer
  • Evening Speakers
  • Retired Brigadier General Michael McDaniel, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy and current Constitutional Law Professor at WMU-Cooley Law School.
  • Boy Scouts of America Board Member

7:59 p.m. – Final Salute with echo taps

8 p.m. – Scout Salute Closes


8:30 a.m. – Fire Honor Guard with Boy Scouts Flag Ceremony to lower flags to half-staff accompanied by Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums.
8:34 a.m. – Opening statement by Master of Ceremonies Chief Pat Parker
8:35 a.m. – Pledge of Allegiance
8:36 a.m. – Star Spangled Banner by Pastor Adam Dennis of Harvest Bible Chapel
8:38 a.m. – Opening Prayer by Metro Chaplain Jude Younker
8:39 a.m. – Patriotic/Inspirational Words Officer USCG Air Station Traverse City
8:46 a.m. – Moment of Silence – Intro by Chief Parker Flight 11 crashes into North Tower. The attack on our Country begins.
8:47 a.m. – 3-3-3 Bell Ceremony Intro by Chief Parker and Metro Honor Guard
8:50 a.m. – Amazing Grace – Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums
8:55 a.m. – America the Beautiful by Pastor Adam Dennis
8:53 a.m. – Final Prayer by Metro Chaplain Jude Younker
8:55 a.m. – Dismissal and potential USCG Fly By


10 a.m.-4 p.m. – LST 393 Open for Tours

12:30 p.m. – Scouts or Citizenship Merit Badge Class arrive from Gerber Scout Camp

1-2 p.m. – Citizenship Merit Badge Speakers

2-8 p.m. – Scout Salute

2 p.m. – Program at the LST – maybe Dave Paulson

2:15 p.m. – Brief walking tour of LST – Scott Grant or someone from their Board

3 p.m. – Fire Truck from Pentagon Fire on site – Various Speakers during the afternoon / evening. Rest of the evening is salute

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