By Matthew Scheidel
The Gerald R. Ford Museum will be holding its 16th annual 9/11 Remembrance Day event on Monday.
Admission will be free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This event started 16 years ago as a Boy Scout event and has since evolved into a community-wide event for people to partake in and pay tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001,” said Joe Calvaruso, executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation. “We started it not only for that reason, but to also raise awareness for young people who did not experience that tragic day”
Some of the activities will include a Boy Scout salute from sunrise until sunset (7:05 a.m. to 7:59 p.m.), a Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and disaster readiness demonstrations from the Grand Rapids Police Department, fire department, and EMS. Other events include K9 demonstrations by Grand Rapids police and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department’s horse mounted patrol.
There will be several guest speakers during the event, including the president of the museum’s council, John Fox, and FBI Special Agent David Gelios.
“The events of 9/11 affected a lot of people,” Calvaruso said. “This event gives those people time to pay tribute. It also gives people who were not affected time to think to themselves, ‘What was it like? How would I have reacted to this situation?’”
The event starts at 7:05 a.m. The Gerald R. Ford Museum, which is located at 303 Pearl St. NW, in Grand Rapids, will open at 9 a.m.