Ford museum to host virtual Sept. 11 tribute

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Courtesy President Ford Field Service Council

The West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute committee will once again hold its annual event honoring those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

This will be the 19th year of the event, making it the longest-running 9/11 tribute in the nation not held at the sites of the attacks, according to the President Ford Field Service Council. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be virtual this year.

The President Ford Field Service Council is partnering with the Boy Scouts of America to lead the event. The activities will be open to the public via the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s Facebook page, starting at sunrise, 7:19 a.m. Friday. Participants are asked to share pictures of their virtual attendance on the page.

To open the day’s events, honor guards from the Grand Rapids Police and Fire departments will lower the flag outside of the Gerald R. Ford Public Museum at sunrise. At the exact times the planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Grand Rapids Fire Department will ring a bell honoring those who died.

At noon, retired Brigadier General and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Michael C.H. McDaniel will speak, and at 6:45 p.m., the Boy Scouts of America will hold a discussion on the day’s events. A closing ceremony will take place at sunset, 7:59 p.m.

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