9/11 remembered in Macomb County commemoration

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 17, 2020

 The 10th annual Macomb County Fallen Heroes 9/11 Ceremony was held in Mount Clemens Sept. 11 near the county’s Fallen Heroes Memorial.

The 10th annual Macomb County Fallen Heroes 9/11 Ceremony was held in Mount Clemens Sept. 11 near the county’s Fallen Heroes Memorial.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Several community members from across Macomb County participated in a Sept. 11 commemoration in downtown Mount Clemens.

On the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Macomb County Fallen Heroes 9/11 Ceremony was held in front of the court house, near the county’s Fallen Heroes Memorial.

The memorial, which is inscribed with the names of 36 individuals who died in the line of duty, was dedicated in 2010.

Ceremony organizers said the gathering is held to pay tribute to those who gave all, and whole names are etched in stone on the memorial, also acknowledging the families of the fallen heroes.

A bell was rung following the reading of each of the names on the memorial.

“Today, we remember the over-3,000 people that lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said. “We remember those civilians that died, the police, the fire, the EMS that responded to those situations, and also our military personnel to fight for us and fight the war on terror.”

Sterling Heights Assistant Fire Chief Ed Miller quoted U.S. President Harry Truman, saying “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, imagination, and on unbeatable determination to do a job at hand.”

Miller said that, on the morning of 9/11, police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics reported to duty.

“This day would be different,” he said. “The world changed for this group of people beginning at 8:46 in the morning.”

That marked the time when American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

“These individuals reacted to what was still unknown,” he said. “They had the determination to the job at hand — to be first responders. Today, we remember the incredible sacrifices of those who gave all to help those in need.”  

The wife of a St. Clair Shores police officer shared that, when her husband entered law enforcement over a decade ago, she was publicly proud of the fact that he was a man in uniform.

“Nineteen years ago today, over 400 first responders rushed into flames, smoke and towers on the verge of collapse, sacrificing their lives to help others,” she remarked. “We lost many courageous people, and our country suffered a great tragedy. We witnessed unity, humanity, and bravery.”

Several fire departments from around Macomb County, along with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, also took part in the ceremony, which featured the playing of taps and “Amazing Grace.”

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