Today is a day of remembrance all across the country and in West Michigan, we are honoring the men and women who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 from dawn until dusk at the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Two struck the World Trade Center towers, a hijacked plane struck The Pentagon outside Washington DC and another crashed just outside Shanksville, Pa.

Almost 3,000 people lost their lives, including firefighters, rescue workers, and police officers trying to aid the victims.

Today, starting at 7:18 a.m. and lasting until 8:00 p.m., area Scouts, Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Personnel will salute the flag non-stop in memory of the lives lost on 9-11.  No reservations are necessary. The salute takes place from sunrise to sunset.

There will be a short program at 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of the museum. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. there will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the DeVos Learning Center, appointments are not required, but welcome.  You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details on the blood drive.

You can find more information about the event at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum website or check out the event page on Facebook.