GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — There are several events happening in West Michigan on Thursday to remember and honor the victims of 9/11.
- A group of Grand Valley State University students have organized a daylong memorial. Between 7-8 a.m. students will put 2,977 mini American flags in the ground on the lawn on the east side of the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus, and on the courtyard lawn at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. From 8:40-9 a.m. at the Cook Carillon Tower on the Allendale Campus, university carillonneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard will be playing songs.
- The 9/11 Never Forget exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
- Members of Western Michigan University’s ROTC Army and Air Force programs will hold a vigil in remembrance of the events of 9/11 at the flagpole in front of WMU’s Seibert Administration Building starting at 8:46 a.m.
- Members of the public will join area firefighters to climb the stairs of Wings Stadium multiple times for a total of 110 flights in honor and remembrance of the 343 firefighters from the Fire Department of New York who died on September 11, 2001. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and climb begins at 9 a.m. The fee is $30 per person. The proceeds will benefit the FDNY Counseling Unit which offers peer counseling and resources to the family and colleagues of fallen firefighters.
- A 9-11 Commemorative Service will be held at 5:30 P.M. in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park. Each person will be given a ribbon signifying remembrance and each ribbon will be placed on replicas of New York’s twin towers.
- A 9/11 Remember and Rebuild Opening Event will be held at the Muskegon Museum of Art. The opening ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Webster Avenue in front of the museum. At the conclusion of the opening ceremony, the Museum will open its doors for the public reception for Remember and Rebuild, followed by a lecture by National September 11 Memorial & Museum staff photographer Amy Dreher. Limited lecture seating available, first come-first seated. Auditorium doors open at 6:45 pm.