Students at Grosse Pointe North High School, outside Detroit, placed 2,977 American flags into the ground Wednesday morning, while Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and others participated in an annual Scout Salute outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.
A bell also was rung outside the museum at 8:46 a.m. — the time when the first jet slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower in 2001.
Schools in Fenton and Saginaw also held Patriot Day events.
See Thursday's Tribune and e-edition for the story and photos from the local Patriot Day program at the American Legion post on Wednesday.
The Michigan House of Representatives invited first-responders and their families to the state Capitol for an afternoon ceremony. A number of New York police officers and firefighters were killed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed. They were rushing to help people injured and trapped in the buildings.
In Pontiac, north of Detroit, the names of a West Bloomfield Township police officer Patrick O'Rourke and Wayne-Westland firefighter Brian Woehlke were unveiled Wednesday on the Michigan Fallen Heroes memorial wall.
O'Rourke was shot to death last year while officers investigated a domestic violence complaint. Woehlke was killed during a strip mall fire in May.
"Now I am proud to carry on his legacy," O'Rourke's widow, Amy, said during the memorial wall unveiling ceremony. "Hug your loved ones harder, love them deeper and fiercer and tell them you love them because you'll never know when they'll be taken from you."