Northern Michigan in Focus: Remembering 9/11 with Boy Scouts in Kalkaska

It is important to reflect on and remember the events of 18 years ago and all the people we lost on 9/11.

This is also a good time to thank all the first responders who are always there for us.

That happened Wednesday morning in Kalkaska.

Corey Adkins takes you there for the memorial service in this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus.

“Good morning, on behalf of Boy Scout Troop 629 and Cub Scout Pack 629, I want to thank you all for coming this morning,” said troop 629 leader  Terri Sibole.

18 years ago at 8:46 a.m. began the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

It changed America forever.

Some have lived in this changed America all their lives.

Terri says there are no school-aged children who were alive when the attacks happened.

“Even though we as adults remember everything about that day, our children can never fully understand the impact that these attacks had on our country,” Terri says.

Thomas Pickering, a member of troop 629, says respect is important.

“The people’s family that died, we respected them,” Thomas says.

His father, also a member of troop 629, agrees.

“That’s the biggest word right there is respect for what happened on 9/11,” John Pickering said.

“That’s the biggest thing that we need to teach is respect.”

This respect is also extended to all first responders, both past and present.

Terri says they deserve our thanks as they fight the good fight day after day.

“Almost 3,000 husbands, wives, children, parents, family and friends that never came home,” Terri said.

“Today we remember those lives lost, but from this tragic day we have come to honor all the first responders—those who run toward emergency instead of away. Look around, these individuals risk their lives for us. Police officers, 911 dispatchers, firefighters and EMS workers all come to our aid in our worst possible moment. These brave men and women are true heroes.”

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