Metro Detroit honors victims on 9/11’s 14th anniversary

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Detroit — As Metro Detroiters Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, city officials held a procession and memorial service to honor its victims.

The event began at 10 a.m. with a procession in downtown Detroit that started at Jefferson and Woodward avenues and ended at Campus Martius.

“I remember seeing the jet fly into the twin towers on TV,” said Detroit Police Mounted Officer Tricia Malas-Grover, who was in the procession with her horse, Elmo. “I was in shock. It’s something I’ll never forget because we’ve never been the same since.”

Detroit Police Officer Mike Moreland, a member of the DPD Color Guard, holds the U.S. flag as he and others bow during the benediction.
Members of the Detroit Police Department Mounted Unit sit on their mounts during the ceremony.

Other events commemorating the anniversary are scheduled to continue later Friday across Metro Detroit and Michigan, including a display of 2,977 American flags on the University of Michigan Diag in Ann Arbor.

At 7 p.m., there will be a service at the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 38E in Pontiac, where five names are being added to the memorial, including state Trooper Chad Wolf, who died on duty two weeks ago. Artifacts will be added nearby to a 9/11 memorial, including soil and rock from the crash site of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

In Benton Harbor, a 500-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center will be displayed permanently next to the Benton Harbor library. Two firefighters from Niles Township drove to New York to bring the artifact to Berrien County.

Flags throughout the state were also ordered to be flown at half staff in remembrance of the 9-11 victims.

Members of the Detroit Police command staff, including, Deputy Chief Charles Fitzgerald, left, salute during the pledge of allegiance.

On Saturday, the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is scheduled to have its fifth annual Run to Remember 5k run and walk in Lansing’s Old Town. After an 8:46 a.m. ceremony, the run and walk begin at 9:11 a.m.