ANNUAL WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND SCOUT SALUTE EVENTS ANNOUNCED
David P. Gelios, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Division to commemorate events
of Sept. 11 during ceremony in Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 29, 2017— The West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute committee today announced David P. Gelios, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Division will commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gelios’ visit to Grand Rapids coincides with the West Michigan community’s annual September 11 Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute, which has been held annually from sunrise to sunset since September 11, 2002 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and is supported by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation each year.

For the 16th year, the President Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America will lead the West Michigan community in a day-long “Scout Salute” at the GRFPM on Sept. 11 to pay respect to all those who died during the terrorist attacks. At sunrise and sunset color guards from the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments will lower and raise the flag outside of the museum to commemorate the opening and closing of day’s events.

“We are honored that each year so many groups come together to help teach children and their families about the historic events of 9/11 through the annual West Michigan Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute,” said Joe Calvaruso, executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation said. “The Boys Scouts of America along with members of the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Spartan Nash, and many members of the community have worked together for many years to continue this tradition honoring those who died at the hands of terrorists.”

In addition to various presentations and a continuous salute of the American flag from sunrise to sunset, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive inside the GRFPM from 11 a.m-4p.m., and students from various school districts will participate in “Be prepared” disaster readiness activities. Other family friendly activities include a display featuring a 9/11 poster competition exhibition, an opportunity to place a flag at Ah-Nab-Awen Park to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, a visual comparison of the devastation in New York City as compared to the city of Grand Rapids, police officers with their canine partners, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department horse mounted patrol, and more.

The schedule of events for the Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute on Monday, September 11, 2016, includes:

  • 7:05 a.m. Scout and community salute to begin
  • 7:18 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 a.m. Disaster readiness program
  • 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
  • 11 a.m. – 4p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • 11 a.m. Disaster readiness program
  • 12:15 p.m. Afternoon program to include remarks by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, and Major Dave Dalberg of the Salvation Army.
  • 1 p.m. Disaster readiness program
  • 6 p.m. Disaster readiness program
  • 7:25 p.m. Evening ceremonies begin
    • Performance by The Salvation Army Brass Band
    • Remarks by FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios, and Dr. John Fox, president of the President Ford Field Service Council.
    • The final salute and the flag being raised to full-staff
  • 7:59 p.m. (sunset) Scout Salute closes

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Contact: Tyler Lecceadone
P: 616-776-3511  ~  E: Lecceadone@seyferthpr.com

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