The War Memorial Offers A Service of Remembrance to Commemorate the 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

The War Memorial will commemorate the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001 with a service of remembrance, generously supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. This event will memorialize the nearly 3,000 men, women, children, and first responders who lost their lives in the tragic attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The service, taking place on September 11, 2019 at 8:30am, will be held on the lakefront lawn of The War Memorial’s historic Alger Estate and is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

“Everyone remembers where they were the morning of September 11, 2001,” said War Memorial President and CEO Charles Burke. “The significant sorrow and echoing grief left in the lives of so many families are still felt today, eighteen years later. The War Memorial is humbled that the Wilson Legacy Funds of the Community Foundation recognizes our unwavering commitment to patriotism, as we come together in remembrance and solidarity of the lives we lost that day, as well as salute our first responders who continue to put their lives on the line every day to protect and enhance the safety of our nation.”

The event aims to bring together individuals of all religions, cultures, and walks of life to stand against the hatred that led to the 9/11 attacks, but also facilitate a spirit of holistic patriotism and unity. Speakers from various faith backgrounds will share thoughts on inner-faith relations, faith-based communities’ response to violence, and the societal response to hate as a way to create harmony, peace, and inclusion in not only the United States, but the world.

The names of Michigan lives lost during the 9/11 attacks will be read aloud, alongside a euphonious musical performance. Moments of silence will be observed at 8:46am and 9:03am, in observance of the two plane crashes into the World Trade Center.

We are pleased to support the War Memorial’s service to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11,” said Mariam Noland, President Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “One of the interests of Ralph Wilson was Grosse Pointe, and we believe Mr. Wilson would find this as a fitting way to give to pay tribute in his hometown community.”

To learn more about this service, a timeline of events, or to download a full list of all 9/11 memorial names, visit or call 313.881.7511.

About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 250,000 individuals with over 3,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.

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