The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is hosting its third annual Run to Remember 5k run/walk on September 7 in Lansing’s Old Town. The event will include a brief remembrance ceremony with a moment of silence at 8:46 AM, to mark the time that the first plane struck the Twin Towers. The 5k run/walk will start at 9:11 AM.
Proceeds from the event will be used to support the fund’s programming, which includes recognizing first responders for their dedication to our country and community. This year, the fund will send Lansing Fire Fighter Jason Stevens and Ingham County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Grant to New York City to represent Michigan in the National Tunnel to Towers 5k on September 29. Grant, of Lansing, is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Stevens, also of Lansing, served in the Army as a flight medic for eight years. Both men were nominated by State Representative (and former Lansing Fire Chief) Tom Cochran based on their daily service to the people of Michigan, and their military service to our country. Cochran, along with other dignitaries, will be at the Lansing 5k to recognize Fire Fighter Stevens and Deputy Grant.
"We are looking forward to sending Michael and Jason to New York to represent our great State" said Scott Watkins, co-founder of the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund. "We encourage everyone to join us in Lansing’s Old Town on Saturday to send Michael and Jason off with everyone’s support."
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and the 5k run/walk. Registration is available at www.runsignup.com/runtoremember.
The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund was founded in 2006 by Michigan resident Patrick Anderson, who was in the World Trade Center when the first plane hit. Anderson, who escaped from the tower, and his friend and colleague Scott Watkins are both executives at East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group, LLC. The fund’s mission is to ensure that future generations remember September 11, 2001 as a day of loss and tragedy, and also a day of heroism and sacrifice. We do so by remembering those who lost their lives on 9-11, and by celebrating the brave men and women across Michigan who protect and serve our communities on a daily basis.