Cities to remember 9/11 with Patriot Day

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published August 26, 2015

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FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The American Legion Groves-Walker Post 346, of Farmington, along with the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, will honor and remember the fallen during the annual 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Walter Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park, in downtown Farmington.


“It is honoring all the first responders, the civilians and military (who) lost their lives in 9/11,” Post 346 1st Vice Cmdr. Anthony Mallia said recently. “We have to let the people know that this could happen anywhere in the world, and (we are) not letting our guard down.”


In addition to remembering 9/11 victims, Patriot Day will recognize personnel from the Farmington Public Safety Department, and the Farmington Hills Police and Fire departments.


Joel Storchan, Patriot Day event chairman for the American Legion, said he thinks it is important that people understand that Patriot Day is not just another mundane day.


“It is really nice that people know who our first responders are and what they do,” Storchan said.


He added that first responders are “our strengths,” and the American Legion believes in a “very strong military.”


“If something major happens, like a terrorist attack, within the Michigan area … the police and first responders are the first ones out there,” Storchan said.


Mallia echoed Storchan’s thoughts and said he hopes that Patriot Day is forever honored, because the holiday serves as a reminder to stay vigilant.


“We want to be sure they are remembered,” he said of the first responders and others involved in 9/11. “(The holiday) is a tradition that we try to keep. We have to keep this going because it can happen again. We’ve got to stay on top of everything. History does repeat itself, in a sense.”


Patriot Day will feature bagpipes, bugles and the playing of taps.            


Local, county and state dignitaries will be in attendance.


For more information, contact Joel Storchan at jstorchan@yahoo.com or call the Groves-Walker American Legion Post 346 at (248) 478-9174.

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