'Resolve and renewal' part of Detroit remembrances for Sept. 11

Noelle Gray
The Detroit News

Detroit — With a vow of "remembrance, resolve and renewal," faith leaders joined city, state and federal officials for a ceremony in downtown Detroit for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The outside service Friday at the Renaissance Center along the Detroit River included invocations from Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini and Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny.

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The archbishop began with a prayer.

"As we commemorate this day Sept. 11, this time for remembrance, resolve and renewal," said Vigneron, "we remember those who were victims of terrorists on that terrible day, who died or who were injured."

Saturday is the 20th anniversary of the hijacked airplane attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. Almost 3,000 people and the 19 al-Qaida-linked hijackers died. 

Guest speakers included Deputy Mayor Conrad Mallett, U.S. Attorney Samia S. Mohsin and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly.

First responders and guests attend a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Mallett closed his remarks saying, "On behalf of all the men and women in the city of Detroit, on the behalf of Mayor Michael Duggan, on behalf of all the family members of the men and women who are in uniform here today, I promise you we will remember, we will observe, we will commemorate, we will not forget."

Bagpipes and drumming filled the air after officers and deputies placed ribbons on a memorial wreath. The wreath was handed off to Department of Homeland Security officers aboard one of the six patrol boats to be sent adrift in the river. 

Joesph Francek, commander of the U.S. Border Patrol, hands off and salutes a commemorative wreath to be sent adrift in the Detroit River during the Department of Homeland Security's ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the General Motors Promenade Plaza on Sept. 10, 2021.

The commemoration concluded with a joint flyover of three helicopters courtesy of Homeland Security and six patrol boats on the Detroit River blasting their sirens to those who lost their lives 20 years ago.