Michigan leaders remember 9/11

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the Lansing 9/11 memorial service, Sept. 11, 2019 | Nick Manes

    On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Michigan officials remembered the almost 3,000 people who were killed in New York and Washington, D.C.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered state and federal flags lowered.

    “We will never forget the thousands of Americans who lost their lives, including the first responders who put their lives on the line to save thousands more,” Whitmer said. “Despite the tremendous adversity that our country faced during those attacks, we came together as a nation to prove that love is stronger than hate.”

    Lansing Mayor Andy Schor at the Lansing 9/11 memorial service, Sept. 11, 2019 | Nick Manes

    The Michigan House held a remembrance service on Wednesday, as did the city of Lansing. Whitmer and Lansing Mayor Andy Schor were among those in attendance.

    State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer is the director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Bureau of Fire Services that provides training and other services to the state’s more than 29,500 firefighters attended memorial events around Michigan today.

    “These heroes answered the call of duty with courage, bringing honor on themselves, their families and their profession as firefighters,” said Sehlmeyer. “Those of us in the fire service come together to honor our fallen comrades, pay tribute to them for their sacrifice and to never forget. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another.”

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    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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