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.”
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.”