Detroit police, fire & high school students remember 9/11 victims

Posted at 4:35 PM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 16:35:51-04

Two 9/11 Memorial Services were held in Detroit Friday. Detroit Police and firefighters are honoring the lives lost on Sept. 11 and a high school also remembered those who died in the attacks as well.

Western International High School performed a ceremony honoring the victims of 9/11. 

The junior ROTC members don't even remember the attacks, some weren't born then, but school officials say it's important to learn about the historical event.

"We show them a video about 9/11," CW3 (RET) Keven Schloemp said, "And secondly we bring them out here, we bring the flag to half staff, we talk about 9/11 and we honor first responders."

During the ceremony they raised the flag while the students watched.

Across the city, another event was held to honor the first responders who died on 9/11.

The memorial service was held in Campus Martius Park and hosted by both the Detroit fire and police departments.

Many officials shared stories of where they were when the World Trade Center was attacked.

Those who took to the stage said this is also a reminder that officers and firefighters risk their lives everyday.

Executive Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said, "Everyday it hits home, this day just reinforces the sacrifices that they are willing to make."

Police officials says this year's event feel different because of the anti-police rhetoric officers across the country have been facing.

"Are viewed as not homeland heroes but homeland enemies," Police Chief James Craig said.  "That's a fact. Have we forgotten what first responders mean?"

That's why those attending the memorial service remember the sacrifice first responders make to keep the community safe.

"Our people face danger everyday, every single day. And that's something we should never forget," Craig added.