Ceremony planned in remembrance of 9/11

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 7, 2021

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Many people alive on Sept. 11, 2001, remember exactly where they were or what they were doing that morning.

“It was horrible. We all know where we were that day and what happened,” said Harrison Township Deputy Clerk Teri Salgot. “We will never, ever forget that.”

Twenty years later, Harrison Township will pay tribute to first responders and members of the armed forces in remembrance of the anniversary of the attacks.

“We thought it would be (good) to get the perspectives from some of the first responders, when they saw that day or experienced that day,” she said. “We wanted to make sure we were able to have a moment of silence when the first plane hit.”

Harrison Township Parks and Recreation will host a ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Harrison Township Veterans Memorial, 38255 L’Anse Creuse Street. The ceremony will open with remarks from Supervisor Kenneth Verkest, followed by songs from the L’Anse Creuse High School choir. Members of the armed forces, first responders and their families will be invited to pay tribute to those who lost their lives that day, and a moment of silence will be held at 8:46 a.m., the time the first airplane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.

Salgot said she remembers thinking that, “I couldn’t believe our country was being attacked on our grounds.”

“They responded and didn’t even think twice. That’s, to me, true heroes. Obviously, back then we were glued to the TV and when I saw them, not one first responder hesitated — they just ran in there.”

Guest speakers include the former commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Brig. Gen. Doug Slocum and Harrison Township Fire Chief Dave Bostater. There will also be a prayer led by the Rev. Doug Bignall, of St. Hubert Catholic Church.

Verkest said he feels it’s important to remember the 20th anniversary.

“As time goes on, young people who might not have even been born, or too young to understand it, are sometimes influenced by the actions of the folks older than them,” he said. “I certainly recall how there was a surge in patriotism at that time.

“Sometimes, just taking the time to remember those lost and those who served bolsters patriotism, and I think that’s good for our country.”

For more information, visit harrison-township.org.