GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids will host the “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit Sept. 9-11, 2016 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The Community Day of Remembrance will be led by the President Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America with a day-long “Scout Salute” at the museum on Sept. 11 to pay respect to all those who died during the terrorist attacks.
To honor the arrival of the exhibit, during the afternoon of Sept. 8, the Grand Rapids Fire and Police Departments, the Patriot Guard Riders, members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle and Axemen motorcycle clubs, and the Boy Scouts of America will escort the mobile museum to its temporary display location at the GRFPM.
The public is welcome and encouraged to join the escorts’ arrival at the circle drive of Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.
The exhibit will be open to the public 2:30 – 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10; and 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Plus, admission is free.
The President Ford Council has held a “Scout Salute” remembrance each year from sunrise to sunset since Sept. 11, 2002. This tradition will continue in 2016 near the 9/11 memorial exhibit.
Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute will take place alongside the “9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit” from sunrise to sunset to commemorate all those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
- 3:30 p.m. Staging begins for Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit escort at rest area on Eastbound I-196, East of Holland/Zeeland Exit #55 (Byron Road).
- 4:15 p.m. The Patriot Guard Riders, members of the Rolling Thunder and Axemen motorcycle clubs and metropolitan fire and police departments begin escort to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The route begins at mile marker 58 on I-196 East and continues to M-6 eastbound to 131 North to Pearl Street Downtown (Exit 85B) to Scribner Ave and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum parking lot.
- 4:45 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.
- 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. School Groups will tour the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit.
- 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit is open to the public.
- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit is open to the public.
- 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit is open to the public
- 7:19 a.m. (sunrise) Honor Guard lowers flag from full- to half-staff and Scout Salute begins – the community is encouraged to participate at any time during the day
- 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)
- 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
- 10:05 a.m. Non-Denominational Service
- 1 – 6 p.m. Canine and Mounted Police demonstrations (various times throughout the afternoon).
- 2 p.m. Ceremony honoring fire, police, EMS and Military. Speakers include: Grand Rapids Fire Chief John Lehman; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky; Life EMS President Mark Meijer, and Salvation Army Major Cecilia Senn.
- 6:50 p.m. Evening ceremonies begin.
- Performance by: The Salvation Army Brass Band, SpartanNash Honor and Remember flag presentation, Remarks from keynote speaker retired Brigadier General and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Michael C.H. McDaniel, 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
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, Mich.