Thursday, September 2, 2021

First responders to be honored at day-long memorial

Van Buren Township will host a special 9/11 memorial event at Grace Lake Corporate Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sept. 11. 

“Not only are we honoring the victims and mutual aid first responders of 9/11,” said Van Buren Township Local Development Fire Authority 2nd vice chair and event organizer John Delaney. “We'll also be honoring our current first responders and COVID-19 heroes.”

 In partnership with local first responders from the City of Belleville, Canton Township, Detroit Metro Airport, Huron Valley Ambulance, Huron-Clinton MetroParks, City of Romulus, Sumpter Township, and Van Buren Township there will be a prayer vigil, bell ringing and a moment of silence beginning at 9:37 a.m., when the first plane struck the Pentagon 20 years ago.

“We will never forget all those who lost their lives 20 years ago,” said Van Buren Township Supervisor Kevin McNamara. “We're inviting everyone to stop by and help us honor all those who have fallen and everyone who continues to keep us safe.”

 A car show will take place from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. with more than 10 different car clubs in attendance, showcasing 150 vehicles. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a “Best of Show” award ceremony of the cars on site. The first 150 car show entries will receive a dash plaque and car show memorial t-shirt.

 There will be local food trucks on-site throughout the event. Sponsors of the special memorial include Waste Management, Wayne County Community College District, Atchinson Ford, Stack's Pizza & Deli, A Design Line, Tim Hortons, T-Rex Arms, Meijer, Culver's and Grace Lake Corporate Center.  

 This event is free and open to the public. Participants will be required to follow all CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.

The memorial is planned to take place in the west side parking lot, at 1 Village Center Drive in Van Buren Township.

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