People across Michiana will remember September 11th in many different ways. Events are listed chronologically. ($ denotes the event has a cost for attendees)
8 a.m. Flags at Notre Dame
Young Americans for Freedom will hold its 9/11 Never Forget Project. They will plant 2,977 small flags, one for each 9/11 victim in the South Quad at the University.
9 a.m. Bell Ringing at St. Patrick’s Park
At the 9/11 sculpture and memorial at the park (50651 Laurel Road, South Bend) the Clay Fire Territory and the South Bend and Mishawaka Fire Departments will hold the ‘Ringing of the Bell’ Ceremony.
9:30 a.m. Miller’s Vets
Ceremony at the St. Joseph County Courthouse (101 S. Main St., South Bend) a similar ceremony will also be at 11 a.m. at Miller’s Veteran’s Center (747 S. Michigan St., South Bend) Miller’s Vets is a drill team comprised of homeless veterans from the South Bend area.
11 a.m. Hospital Honors Heroes
Saint Joseph Health System hospital lobby (5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka) will hold a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks at a World Trade Center Memorial ceremony.They will also honor local heroes who protect and serve the community. Mass will follow at the hospital chapel.
Noon Ride to Remember ($)
The Berrien County Riders are hosting a ride to remember starting at the Berrien County Courthouse (corner of Main and Port in St. Joseph). The ride will circle through Berrien and Cass Counties. U.S. Representative Fred Upton will speak before the ride starts. A beam from the World Trade Center may join the ride on the Royalton Fire Department’s pumper truck. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
2 p.m. Tree Ceremony
At Concord Fire Station One (23625 County Road 18, Elkhart) will be the 9/11 Survivor Tree Memorial service. Mayors Tim Neese of Elkhart, Jeremy Stutsman, of Goshen, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a representative from U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s office and others representing the police, fire, hospitals and schools will receive saplings from the only tree that survived at the World Trade Center site. Preceding the ceremony there will be a police escort of the trees from the 911 Dispatch Center, down U.S. 33 to the station.
2 p.m. Musical Remembrance ($)
The Southshore Concert Band will perform a musical tribute to September 11th. There will also be speakers at the Mendal Center Mainstage (1100 Yore Ave. Benton Harbor)
4 p.m. Peace Gathering
St. Paul Episcopal Church in St. Joseph, Mich. will hold a ceremony of song, dance and prayer. They will also be dedicated a peace pole at the church (914 Lane Drive).
5:30 p.m. Joint Church Service
First Church of God, Overflow Church, and United Methodist AME Church are holding a joint prayer and remembrance service at Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach (101 Broad St. St. Joseph, Mich.).
September 12 Survivor comes to LMC ($)
Lake Michigan College is hosting a series of talks and book signing by Michael Hingson, a blind man who was led out of the World Trade Center by his guide dog.
He will present on and sign copies of his book "Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust"
7:45-9 a.m. at the Mendel Center, Grand Upton Hall
10:30-11:30 a.m. at the South Haven Campus
12:30-1:30 p.m. at Campus Lobby, Napier Avenue Campus, Academic Building, Blue Lecture Hall, Room D-105
6-7 p.m. at Bertrand Crossing Campus, Room BC-109.