Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected at Tuesday’s anniversary ceremony at the World Trade Center, while President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will head to the two other places where hijacked planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the deadliest terror attack on American soil.
The president and first lady plan to join an observance at the Sept. 11 memorial in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a new “Tower of Voices” was dedicated Saturday. Pence is attending a ceremony at the Pentagon.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks on 9/11, when international terrorism hit home in a way it previously hadn’t for many Americans. Sept. 11 still shapes American policy, politics and everyday experiences in places from airports to office buildings, even if it’s less of a constant presence in the public consciousness after 17 years.
The 9/11 commemorations are by now familiar rituals, centered on reading the names of the dead. But each year at ground zero, victims’ relatives infuse the ceremony with personal messages of remembrance, concern and inspiration.
Ceremonies remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks are scheduled Tuesday across Michigan.
Retired Brigadier Gen. Michael McDaniel will take part in ceremonies that start just after 7 a.m. in Grand Rapids.
Eastern Michigan University’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance starts at 8:30 a.m. at the school’s 9/11 Memorial at Pease Park in Ypsilanti. The memorial features a steel beam from the 74th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower.
Lansing’s police and fire departments also will hold a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at Wentworth Park, and a day of remembrance is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo.