16 years later: Remembering 9/11 at Ford Museum

The Scout Salute to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute Monday commemorated the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event has been held annually from sunrise to sunset since Sept. 11, 2002 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

The President Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America led the West Michigan community in a daylong Scout Salute Monday to pay respect to all those who died in the terrorist attacks.

“It’s for remembering things that happened that day, and also remembering those that have died since then, which has been in the thousands — first responders that have died in service of their community. It’s a thank you,” retired Muskegon Assistant Fire Chief Ken Chudy, who attended salute, said of the event.

Color guards from the Grand Rapids police and fire departments raised and lowered the flag outside of the museum to commemorate the opening and closing of the day’s events.

The American Red Cross held a blood drive inside the museum and students from various school districts participated in disaster readiness activities.

Other family-friendly activities included a display featuring a 9/11 poster competition exhibition and an opportunity to place a flag at Ah-Nab-Awen Park to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.

>>Online: Complete schedule of events 

The event, which was free and open to the public, was supported by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

>>Photos: Boy Scouts’ Salute