On September 11, 2019, the Foundation and Museum were honored to host the 18th Annual 9-11 Community Day of Remembrance Scout Salute at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. President Ford Field Service Council gathered scouts from across West Michigan for their continuous dawn-to-dusk salute of the American Flag to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
The day began with the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Department color guards’ lowering of the flag to half staff at sunrise. Activities throughout the day included a blood drive by the American Red Cross, Grand Rapids Fire Department Smoke House Demonstration, Grand Rapids Police Officers Canine Demonstration, Salvation Army Band performance,ringing of the bell and moment of silence for collapse of the South Tower, North Tower, Pentagon,and Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. At sunset the color guard returned to lower the flag with a final salute and playing of Echo Taps.
Foundation Chairman Mike Ford and Aaron Gach, Field Service Scout Executive from the President Ford Field Service Council, presented closing remarks.