Southfield (WWJ) – September 11, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of one of the worst attacks in U.S. history. The world will never forget the victims of that day and CBS Detroit would like to invite listeners to help pay tribute to those victims and heroes of 9/11 by creating a special memorial ceremony.

Watch this video on how to light your lantern.

See below for details on picking up a lantern from any Metro Detroit Chevy Dealer.


Here’s how it works

  • Make a $5 donation and receive a floating sky lantern (details below)
  • On 9/11 at 9:11 p.m. please join us in lighting the lantern in remembrance
  • We encourage you to join us at Lake Erie Metropark or at Metro Beach Metropark for ceremonies honoring those lost on 9/11. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. at each park with family activities, music, food and color guards. The event will end with a lighting of lanterns at 9:11 p.m. Entry into the Metroparks after 3pm is FREE to the public.

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All proceeds to benefit the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division Emergency Disaster Services. Salvation Army kettles and text code signage will be onsite at partner locations.

Ten thousand lanterns will be distributed and will include a special note directing consumers to light their lanterns at 9:11 p.m. on 9/11 and during this time all CBS Detroit Radio stations will air “God Bless America”.

Listeners will also have the option to join CBS Radio at Lake Erie or Metro Beach Metro Park for a special ceremony dedicated to the heroes and victims of 9-11. CBS Radio will kick-off the event at 7pm with family fun activities, bands, color guards and additional activities prior to the 9:11pm lantern lighting.

If you cannot attend the metro park festivities…please light your lantern outside at 9:11pm on 9/11 and tune your radio to either 99.5 WYCD, 104.3 WOMC, 98.7 AMP Radio or WWJ News Radio 950 to hear God Bless America played in memory.

Scheduled appearances/timeline for each park:

Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown: Hosted by 99.5 WYCD

  • 5 pm – 8:15 pm: Enjoy family activities including face painting, bounce houses, 99.5 WYCD’s Super Prize Machine, live entertainment featuring Jocaine, Alan Turner and The Steel Horse Band and food. Meet military and first responders, along with their rigs, including police and firefighters from Brownstown, Gibraltar and Rockwood, U.S. Marines and staff from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
  • 6:15 pm: U.S. Coast Guard Flyover
  • 8:15 pm: Recognition ceremony, including Honor Guard, Color Guard, 21 Gun Salute, firefighters’ bell ringing ceremony and bugler playing Taps
  • 9:11 pm: Light sky lanterns and launch over the lake

Metro Beach Metropark near Mt. Clemens/Harrison Township: Hosted by 104.3 WOMC, 98.7 AMP Radio and WWJ News Radio 950.

  • 5 pm – 8:15 pm: Enjoy family activities including face painting, bounce houses, live music by Sgt. Rock, music by 98.7 AMP Radio and photo booth, 104.3 WOMC’s Super Jackpot Machine, WWJ Newsradio 950, food, and meet military and first responders including police and firefighters from Harrison Township and Macomb County, and staff from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Naval District Detroit Recruiting. Scheduled military displays include a Naval Destroyer Ship model; Naval, Marines and Air National Guard HUMVEEs; Marine 7-ton transport truck; AS-350 Helicopter; Border Patrol vehicle; US Coast Guard Selfridge Patrol boat; Air National Guard Motorcycle and ATV and assault weapons. Units recently returned from Afghanistan, including the Navy Mobile Construction Battalion-26, 107th Weather Special Operations, Marine Air Wing Support SQN 471 and 127th Fighter Wing Civil Engineering and Mission Support units are scheduled to attend.
  • 6 pm: U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flyover
  • 8:15 pm: Recognition ceremony Honor Guard, Color Guard, 21-Gun Salute, bugler playing taps
  • 9:11 pm: Light sky lanterns and launch over the lake
  • Park visitors can meet and thank Michigan’s military personnel and first responders, and enjoy family festivities at Lake Erie and Metro Beach Metroparks beginning at 5 pm. An official recognition and thank you ceremony will take place in both parks at 8:15 pm which will conclude with lighting floating sky lanterns at 9:11 pm. Park admission fees for the Lake Erie and Metro Beach Metroparks on September 11 will be FREE starting at 3 pm that day.

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Comments (2)
  1. Donna Canzoneri says:

    do u know if there are any parks or areas having a ceromony to release them on the west side, say Westland, Livonia, Canton, Garden City area??

  2. Betty Ware says:

    Attended the 9/11 ceremony at Lake Erie Metropark – was very cool to see all the sky lanterns launched.

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