Traverse City Honors 20 Years Since 9/11 Attacks
Now 20 years later, the gravity of 9/11 still remains the same.
Grand Traverse Fire Chief Pat Parker understands the importance of honoring today’s date, especially this year.
“It’s something that is kind of hard to put into words,” said Parker. “But it’s why we have this memorial, to keep bringing that back and keep the memory alive.”
The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department holds a special connection to 9/11.
They possess an actual steel beam from the World Trade Center in their memorial park.
“It’s very special to us, and wow—to have a piece of the North Tower here in Traverse City, we’re just honored,” said Parker.
Assistant Chief Tony Posey was part of the crew who secured the excavated piece from New York City in 2011.
“It’s really an honor to be a steward for this piece of steel,” said Posey. “A lot of our firefighters put a lot of time and sweat equity in the building of the memorial, the walkway.”
The firefighters aren’t just preserving an artifact—they’re preserving American history.
“It was an honor to be a part of that, and to you know, have this be it’s final resting place,” said Posey.
Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department is one of only a few places with 9/11 artifacts in Northern Michigan.
The beam is on display behind the department, for the public year-round.
The 9/11 Memorial Park is located at the corner of North Three Mile Road and Parsons Road in East Bay Township.