On Monday, September 11, 2017, the Department will hold its annual commemoration ceremony, marking the anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. Particularly remembered will be the firefighters and medics who lost their lives in the tragedy.
The memorial will begin at 8:30 AM in the Glen Lake Fire Station, located at 6401 W. State Street, Glen Arbor.
The program will feature remarks by Captain Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Capt. Kelenske serves as commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and has held this position since February 2013. As commander, he serves as the Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, responsible for the statewide management and administration of emergency management and homeland security programs, as well as the supervision of the division’s employees.
Other community comments will be offered by the Reverend Dan DeVries, Lead Pastor of Glen Lake Community Reformed Church. Music selections will be provided by bagpiper Jack Fellows, trumpeter Ben McRea, and students from The Leelanau School, directed by Laura Hood.
The ceremony will be complemented by tours of the 9-11 Memorial Garden, designed by local artist and designer the late Ted Peterson, located outside the fire station, titled “We Remember: The Fallen, The Bravery, The Sacrifice.” An artifact, consisting of a rusty, twisted steel beam, recovered from the Twin Towers wreckage, is highlighted on a basalt column in the middle of a flowing infinity pool.
The public and all local firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement, NPS, and military personnel are invited to attend.