Glen Lake Fire Department Hosts September 11 Remembrance

Many northern Michigan communities hosted ceremonies to mark 18 years since 9/11. Glen Lake in Leelanau County was among them.


The Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at the Glen Lake Fire Department included the tolling of the bells, as well as the playing of Taps, musical performances by local students, and a slide show of photos from 9/11 and the days that followed.

Glen Lake Fire Chief Bryan Ferguson says today was to honor not only those who died in the terror attacks, but also to remember those that helped after the planes hit, and those who continue to serve years later.

Ferguson says, “It’s a tradition we’ve been doing for the last 18 years. And it’s just important that we remember. It’s kind of this generation’s Pearl Harbor.”


The guest speaker at the ceremony was retired Air Force four-star General Richard Hawley. He spent 35 years in the Air Force and has family in Leelanau County.

The ceremony concluded with bagpipes and a reception for the roughly 100 community members who attended the commemoration ceremony. The Glen Lake Fire Station is also home to a piece of steel and concrete from Ground Zero, although Chief Ferguson says they can’t be sure exactly where in the rubble it came from. Along with a fountain with a similar design to what’s been installed in New York City, it’s been an landmark outside the Fire Station since 2013.