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Posted on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 11:20 a.m.

Ann Arbor officials planning ceremony to commemorate 10th anniversary of 9/11

By Ryan J. Stanton

Ann Arbor officials today announced plans to hold a special memorial service to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks next month.

“Many families within our local community were deeply affected by the attacks on 9/11 10 years ago," said Barnett Jones, the city's safety services administrator. "This service aims to give us all the opportunity to remember and honor those whose lives were lost."

City officials are inviting the public to join the city's police officers and firefighters for the event, which runs from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.

It will take place downtown on South Fifth Avenue in front of Fire Station One and the Ann Arbor Justice Center.

City officials said the event will go on rain or shine and will serve a three-fold purpose: to remember those who lost their lives, to honor those who served heroically, and to thank those who continue to serve the community as leaders and first responders.

The program will include remarks from Mayor John Hieftje, Fire Chief Chuck Hubbard and Jones. Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic between Ann and Huron during the service.

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Kevin Jacobi

Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 12:47 p.m.

Muehlig Funeral Chapel will be bringing a 9-11 10th Anniversary Memorial Wall to share with the folks of Ann Arbor. The wall lists the names of those who died during the 9-11 attacks and honors all those who helped during this horrific time. The wall is a beautiful remembrance for the 10th anniversary sp please join us to remember and honor all those concerned.

Tex Treeder

Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 1:56 a.m.

I disagreed with EMU setting up a memorial with a steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers, but I think some sort of public commemoration marking this anniversary is appropriate. The events of that day affected all of us, either through the death of someone we knew or the on-going war in Iraq and Afghanistan or even through the effect on the economy. We should all take the time to reflect on what happened and how it changed our world.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 6:43 p.m.

Let us remember with decorum the thousands murdered in the Twin Towers. This is not an appropriate place for snarky remarks and partisan bickering.

Bertha Venation

Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 5:13 p.m.

I was living and working in Arlington, VA at that time. I lived and worked a mile from the Pentagon and saw the plane go into the Pentagon from my office window. It is something one doesn't easily forget.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 5:09 p.m.

This should be good drama when the Mayor and Fire Chief both appear. Are fire fighters "required" to show up? Hope there isn't a fire during this event.

Michigan Man

Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 4:28 p.m.

I would certainly hope that the city/county leaders would find, at least, a small way to honor the innocent citizens of many countries who were murdered as well as the countless brave and gallant first responders who risked their lives that infamous day.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 4:03 p.m.

To those who want to start complaining that we are 650 miles away from NYC and that this is a "waste of our tax dollars," stay away. You trolled enough when EMU got a beam from one of the towers. This is a very nice thing to do.