2016-09-15 / Letters

Poor excuses for canceling 911 memorial

To the Editor:

I am writing the letter as former Glen Arbor Township Fire Chief. In last week’s Leelanau Enterprise I read that the Glen Lake Fire Department had canceled the “911 Memorial” program, because as Chief Dodson said “this year the pastors are busy at church and students aren’t in school”. The fact that they could not find a pastor or students to sing, due to September 11, 2016 falling on Sunday, in my opinion is no reason to not honor the 343 fire fighters who lost their lives September 11, 2001.

On September 11, 2002 the Glen Arbor Township Fire Department under my watch decided to honor those fallen fire fighters as a way to respect their courage and dedication to help those trapped in The Twin Towers. The Glen Lake Fire Department has never failed to the hold a 911 Memorial Program, even in 2005 and 2011 which were also Sundays. The 911 Memorial was never intended to be a religious service. The purpose was to never forget the lives lost that day in September 2001

I believe that not being able to find a pastor or a singing group is no excuse to not hold the 911 Memorial at the Glen Lake Fire Department. It’s sad that the Fire Department has broken this tradition that has been unbroken since 2002.

Many of us last Sunday, September 11, 2016, found time to honor those fallen heroes with a moment of silence, even though the Glen Lake Fire Department seems to have found an excuse to break this tradition.

Let us never forget the tragedy of all the lives lost on that day in September 2001.

John DePuy,
Fire Chief Emeritus
Glen Arbor Township
P.O. Box 284, Glen Arbor

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