2018-09-06 / Life in Leelanau

Fire dept. plans tribute to 9/11

The Glen Lake Fire Department will hold its annual 9-11 commemoration at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the fire station on State St. in Glen Arbor.

The program marks the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. Particularly remembered will be the 343 firefighters and medics who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Captain Phil Klintworth, a retired Navy officer, will be the keynote speaker. Klintworth was born and grew up in Oak Park, Ill. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1962 with a degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Entering the submarine force, he spent 18 years at sea, serving in six submarines. He commanded the ballistic missile submarine U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, the attack submarine U.S.S. Tautog, and Naval Submarine Base, San Diego. His seagoing career includes nine major deployments and five Polaris missile deterrent patrols.

Klintworth also served on the staff of the Naval Reactors Facility in Idaho, as the fleet nuclear power representative at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and as professor of naval science and commanding officer of the NROTC Unit at the University of Michigan.

He retired from the Navy in 1991 and lives near Saline.

Other community comments will be offered by the Rev. Dan DeVries, lead pastor of Glen Lake Community Reformed Church. Music selections will be provided by bagpiper Jack Fellows, and trumpeters Ben McRea and Norm Wheeler.

Tours of the 9-11 Memorial Garden, designed by local and artist and designer the late Ted Peterson, will be provided. It’s located outside the fire station.

The garden is entitled, “We Remember: The Fallen, The Bravery, The Sacrifice.”

A rusty and twisted steel beam recovered from the Twin Towers wreckage is highlighted on a basalt column in the middle of a flowing infinity pool.

The public and all local firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement, National Park Service and military personnel are invited to attend.

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