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9/11 events planned around metro Detroit

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DETROIT – Officials around metro Detroit will hold several events to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Here is a breakdown of some of those events:

Patriot Walk

Where: Lutheran High North, 16824 24 Mile Road, Macomb
When: 8:20 a.m.

The seventh annual Patriot Walk for students and staff at St. Peter Macomb Lutheran School will show appreciation for those who protect this country's freedom from home and abroad. The entire student body and staff, along with friends at Lutheran High School North, will walk from LHN through the Huntington Wood Subdivision, through the fields and to their school.

Students, faculty, family and f4riends are asked to participate in the walk. Each child will be given a pledge form at registration. All of the proceeds from the pledges will be split between the Booster Initiatives and the family of Michigan State Trooper Chad Wolf, who was killed on Aug. 28 while on motorcycle patrol.

The student who collects the most money from pledges will receive a gift card. The winning classroom will get a pizza party.

The opening ceremony begins at 8:20 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:40 a.m. Students will return to their classrooms at 9:30 a.m.

Detroit Police Department's 9/11 Memorial Service

Where: Detroit Public Safety Headquarters' parking lot, 1301 Third Street, Detroit
When: 8:45 a.m.

The 13th annual City of Detroit 9/11 Memorial Service is being held in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Hundreds of officers, firefighters and federal agents were among those killed.

The memorial service is open to the public. DPD will transport those who wish to "park and ride." Attendees may park at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters' parking lot and ride the bus to the service. The Tactical Mobile bus will arrive at 8:45 a.m., leave at 9:30 a.m. and return to the parking lot after the service.

Patriot Day ceremony

Where: Walter Sundquist Pavilion at Riley Park in downtown Farmington
When: 6 p.m.

The American Legion Groves-Walker Post #346 of Farmington and the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills will present the annual 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony Friday at 6 p.m.

Two Farmington Hills firefighters will be presented with medals of valor at the event. Lt. Donald Schinske and Inspector Stanley Barnes will receive the honor for their efforts in rescuing a victim during a fire at Piedmont Concrete in January.

"Lt. Schinske and Inspector Barnes had to climb up a conveyor system catwalk, enter the smoke-filled, burning processing area via a hatch, climb down a ladder, locate the victim and hoist the victim up the ladder," said Fire Chief Corey Bartsch. "They tied a rope to the victim and removed him from the structure, and then he was immediately transported to the hospital. Both of our firefighters were injured in the process of the rescue but continued their efforts. Unfortunately, the victim died a week later due to complications, but he was able to communicate one last time with his family before passing."

The ceremony will also remember victims of 9/11 and first responders who risked their lives after the attack.

The event will feature bagpipes, bugles, and playing taps. Officials in attendance will include State Rep. Christine Greig, Oakland County Commissioner William Dwyer, Farmington and Farmington Hills Mayors and City Councils, Farmington Hills Police Chief Charles Nebus, Farmington Hills Fire Chief Corey Bartsch, Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers and a representative from Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence's office.

Fallen Heroes Memorial

Where: Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Building 38E, Pontiac
When: 7 p.m.

The Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial is dedicated to police officers and firefighters throughout Michigan who lost their lives in the line of duty.

This event will honor their memory and pay tribute to the police and fire communities who serve and protect citizens every day. Many survivors of the Fallen Heroes will also be in attendance to remember loved ones and pay special tribute to their service.

Musical components of the program will be performed by metro Detroit police, Fire Pipes & Drums, Jennifer DeMello-Johnson and Brian LeDuc.
In addition to the 810 names of Michigan's Fallen Heroes that now appear on the Memorial Wall, five new names will be newly etched to be unveiled at this year's ceremony:

  • Michigan State Police officer Chad Wolf
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division Arthur A Green III
  • Ingham County Sheriff's Office Grant William Whitaker
  • Coldsprings-Excelsior Fire and Rescue William R Wiita
  • Michigan Department of Corrections George H Haight

3000 American Flags

Where: University of Michigan diag, Ann Arbor
When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at U of M will again place 2,977 flags in the diag to represent each of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

"The 9/11: Never Forget Project allows students to pay their respects to the 2,977 lives lost," said Young Americans for Freedom Secretary Derek Loewen. "Additionally, it also reminds students that terrorists can still strike again, and that the United States needs to be prepared at all times to fight them off."

"Many freshman were only three years old when the 9/11 attacks happened," said Grant Strobl of the Young Americans for Freedom board of governors. "This event serves not only as a memorial of the innocent lives lost, but it is also a reminder of the threat to freedom that still exists to this day."

EMU 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Where: Eastern Michigan University 9/11 Memorial at East Cross Street and Perrin Street
When: 8:40 a.m.

EMU will hold a ceremony in remembrance of the first responders and in memory of those lost on 9/11.

The ceremony will include a welcome, color guard, the National Anthem, Taps, a prayer and words of encouragement.

Ford Volunteers Corps
Where: Arbor Hospice (2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor), Detroit Zoo, Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park, Habitats for Humanity (Detroit, Macomb County, Monroe)
When: Friday

The Ford Volunteer Corps will be out in force on Sept. 11 as part of Ford Global Caring Month. More than 1,000 Ford employees will participate in dozens of projects across 12 states on a Ford Accelerated Action Day. It's part of a worldwide Ford volunteer effort throughout the month of September with some 20,000 Ford employees expected to take part on six continents.

The Ford Volunteer Corps is celebrating 10 years of creating a better world.