West Michigan Boy Scouts hold their Scout Salute to our country's flag from 7:15 a.m. until sunset at 7:59 p.m. today.
It is the Scouts' way of honoring the victims of the Terrorist Attack of 2001. Scouts will take turns saluting the flag at the Ford Presdiential Museum
Ron Willett, Program Director, President Ford Council tells WOOD Radio they generally have 3,000 Scouts of all ages participate in this event. This year is the 12th consecutive event.
Willett said the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department is included with its own Salute this year. "They have an outdoor artifact from one of the towers," he said.
The Scouts encourage you to participate, too. Come to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids anytime, and get in line. Each person salutes for three or four minutes before the next steps forward.
The Scouts also hold special presentations during the day:
- President Ford's son, Steve, spoke at 8:45 after a moment of silence to mark the first plane hitting the first tower in on September 11, 2001
- Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, also an Eagle Scout, presides over the remembrance and thank-you to the police, fire and ambulance personnel
- The Salvation Army Band plays with a speech from Bob Hope's grandson, Zachary, just before the Flag is lowered at sunset.