SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Twelve years have come and gone since September 11, 2001 but the tragedy has not been forgotten.

Several events will be held thoughout metro Detroit that will honor and pay tribute to those who lost their lives and to the firefighters and police officers who put their lives on the line to help and save the victims of the attacks.

Macomb County 4th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Service

On Wednesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. outside the Macomb County Circuit Court building there will be a memorial service held to remember the 31 Macomb County public safety officers who died in the line of duty.

A Freedom Walk will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by the memorial service with the ringing of a bell for each officer’s name called out.

A 21-gun salute is also scheduled to take place.

Those who are expected to be attending the service include:

Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham,
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Vicar Daniel Grimmer
Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association President Mike Lopez
Macomb County Fallen Heroes Committee members
Macomb County families and friends of fallen victims

Michigan International Speedway 9/11 Memorial

The Michigan International Speedway will remember and honor the victims and heroes of 9/11.

On Wednesday, September 11 the facility will host memorials throughout the facility:

– There will be a Home of the Brave multimedia exhibit that is 4,000 square feet and will feature ‘as it happened’ videos, Presidential letters, magazines, newspapers and other tributes.

– Unity Field will have a display of 3,000 American Flags each representing a victim from the attacks.

– The Spirit of America blood drive will continue its tradition since 2002 and will team with Michigan Blood, a non-profit organization, to host the blood drive.

To participate, donors must have an appointment and are limited to 600 guests between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Appointments can be made online through the MI Blood website or the Spirit of America website.

9/11 Patriot Day Ceremony

The American Legion Groves-Walker Post #346 of Farmington Hills and Farmington will give a presentation for the annual 9/11 Patriot Day Ceremony to remember the victims and honor the first responders who risked and gave their lives after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 11 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Walter Sundquist Pavilion at Riley Park in downtown Farmington.

Dr. Don Carpenter of WYCD 99.5 Radio will be the master of ceremonies and Grace Newlin, second runner-up in the 2012 Miss Farmington Pageant, will sing the National Anthem.

The ceremony will include bagpipes, bugles and the playing of taps.

For more information visit the Riley Park website or contact Joel Storchan at

Grosse Pointe North Chapter of Young Americans for Freedom Third Annual 9/11 Commemoration

The Grosse Pointe North Chapter of Young Americans for Freedom will be holding their third annual 9/11 commemoration on Wednesday, September 11.

Students will place American flags in the ground during their social studies classes and by midday there will be nearly 3,000 flags that will stand to remember the lost lives.

Flags will be placed at 8 a.m., 8:55 a.m. and 9:50 a.m.

The Young Americans for Freedom will be sponsoring a school-wide moment of silence at 9:59 a.m., the minute the South Tower collapsed.

The event is expected to be finished by noon.

Campus Martius 9/11 Memorial Service

The Detroit Police and Fire Department are inviting all residents and people in the community to attend the city’s memorial service to remember and honor the 9/11 anniversary.

The memorial will held at Campus Martius Park off Woodward Avenue on Wednesday, September 11 starting at 11 a.m.

Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund 9/11 Day of Remembrance Golf Outing

American House Senior Living Communities and local veterans groups will host a golf outing to help Michigan veterans who returned from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns in need of assistance.

Tee-off is at noon and to register call 248-703-5709.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Performance at American House

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11 the DSO will be performing a free concert at American House East I in Roseville.

The concert will consist of Americana repertoire.

For directions to the senior living community please call 586-776-8500.

Interfaith Service of Prayer and Remembrance 

Dearborn Area Faith Network organizing event focusing on hope and peace at Hemlock Park.

The public is invited to an “Interfaith Service of Prayer and Remembrance of 9/11” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11.

The event will be held in the Dearborn City Council Chambers at City Hall, 13615 Michigan Ave.

Organized by the Dearborn Area Faith Network, this commemoration will feature reading and reflections by leaders from a variety of religions, as well as music and candle-lighting.

The DAFN sends out the invitation to “join us for prayer with messages of hope and peace as we celebrate the unity that has made our diverse community strong.”

The ceremony is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.

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