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Remembering 9/11

Every year, a remembrance ceremony is held in Grand Rapids to honor those killed on 9/11/2001.

18 years ago, the world changed. Commercial passenger planes were used as weapons and smashed into well known sites in the United States, killing thousands. Every year, groups honor the lives lost and the people who fought to help those hurt and killed in the attacks. 

In Grand Rapids, a remembrance ceremony will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It's an annual event. Since 2002, The President Ford Field Service Council and Boy Scouts of America have worked with the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, SpartanNash, Girl Scouts of Michigan and other organizations to lead a "Scout Salute" on September 11 to pay respect to all those who died during the terrorist attacks. 

The schedule for the Scout Salute and remembrance ceremony looks like this: 

     7:18 AM Scout Salute Begins

     7:19 AM Opening/Invocation/Introduction of Honor guard

     7:19 AM Honor Guard Lowers flag 

     7:25 AM Share events of the day 

     8:46 AM Ring Bell for South Tower 

     9:03 AM Ring Bell for North Tower 

     9:37 AM Ring Bell for Pentagon 

     10:03 AM Ring Bell for United Airline Flight 175 

     6:00 PM Salvation Army Band Plays

    6:45 PM Program Wrap Up/Brief Remarks by Mike Ford, chair of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and son of President Ford; and Aaron Gach, CEO Boy Scouts of America- Gerald R. Ford Council

     7:59 PM Final Salute with echo taps

     8:00 PM Scout Salute Closes

There are also other events happening at the Museum throughout the day to mark the occasion. 

Flags for the Fallen in Ah-Nab-Awen Park

New York and Grand Rapids: A Visual Comparison by Boy Scout Registration Tent

Blood Drive in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (11 a.m. to 5p.m.)

Hands only CPR in a tent on the plaza, provided by The American Red Cross.

Police Dog Demonstration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Mounted Unit Horses – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

GRFD Smoke House – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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