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9/11 parade lights up the night


A parade of emergency responder vehicles lit up the night Sunday, September 11, in honor of all of our local responders, and those lost on September 11, 2001.
There was a large American flag suspended over the roadway, and the parade kicked off with a five-year-old girl singing God Bless America. “The five-year singing…was very sweet and the large flag raised high over the road with the sunset behind it was beautiful! It was a nice tribute,” said Wanda Armstrong.
Many fire and police departments from the surrounding townships participated in the parade, including a police car from as far away as South Haven.
The first time around, the vehicles came through with sirens blaring and lights flashing, and the second go around was a somber time of remembrance, led by someone on the bagpipes.
“It was an honor to be there,” said Chris Maddox. “The first pass that (they) did was breathtaking, with all their lights and sirens going. The second pass—with only the lights on—created a somber moment as I reflected on t hose that died that terrifying day 10 years ago. I walked away very thankful that I was there to honor our heroes of today and the heroes of yesterday.”
The Red Flannel Festival will be having a firefighters parade (police and ambulance included, too) on Friday, September 23, in Cedar Springs. Click here for more details.

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MacGregor joins House colleagues in 9/11 ceremony


Lawmaker attends with local first responder as guest

Cannon Twp. Fire Chief Jim Morris (left) and Rep. MacGregor (right) at 9/11 ceremony.

The Michigan House of Representatives hosted a ceremony last Thursday, September 8, honoring first responders and Michigan natives lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. State Rep. Peter MacGregor attended the event with Cannon Township Fire Chief Jim Morris.
“It was a privilege to have Chief Morris on the House floor with me today as we honored first responders and remembered the tragedy that struck our nation on Sept. 11, 2001,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “On the 10th anniversary of this attack on our nation, we must continue to remember those who gave their lives to protect us and who risk their lives for our safety and security every day.”
Following the presentation of the colors by a Michigan State Police Honor Guard, World Trade Center survivor Patrick Anderson gave the keynote address. Representatives of districts that lost residents in the attacks read the names of those victims.
The Michigan House plans to hold an annual event to honor first responders and the victims of 9/11.

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Remembering 9/11


Students at Cedar View Elementary created this hand flag in 2001 with special messages for rescue workers. It hung in St. Paul’s Cathedral, where over 1 million people took their messages of hope to heart.

By Judy Reed, Editor

Some things are just hard to forget.
September 11, 2001, was a beautiful day. The kids were in school, and I was at home, living the life of a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. Feeling safe and secure. And then the phone rang. It was my mother, telling me I better turn on the television, that something was happening. When I did, newscasters were trying to make sense of why a plane had hit the World Trade Center. It looked like a bad accident. Only, a couple of minutes later, I watched as another plane flew into the other tower and burst into flames. I thought for a second that I was watching a replay. Then I realized in horror that I wasn’t. We were under attack from some unknown source. And I didn’t feel so safe anymore.

From top to bottom: the World Trade Center burning; a section of The Pentagon collapses; Flight 175 crashes into 2 WTC; a fireman requests help at Ground Zero; an engine from Flight 93 is recovered.

Most people I’ve talked to have similar stories. They know where they were and what they were doing at 8:45 a.m. when the first plane hit. The second one hit 18 minutes later. Then at 9:45 a.m., a third jet slammed into the Pentagon. What we didn’t know at the time was that each of these planes had been hijacked by Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist group and they were filled with American people—innocent victims, just like those killed in each of the buildings. Each one of those travelers thought they were going to California that morning.
Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the Pentagon, the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center attack, including 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 other people were treated for injuries.
A fourth plane never made it to its target, thanks to the heroic efforts of some of the passengers, who attacked the hijackers in the cockpit. One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett, Jr., told his wife over the phone, “I know we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Another passenger, Todd Beamer, was heard saying, “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll” over an open line. That plane’s target was unknown, but the people aboard probably saved many lives while sacrificing their own.
The attacks left many feeling hopeless. But the people in Cedar Springs showed they were made of sterner—and more compassionate—stuff. In the days immediately following, churches everywhere opened their doors for prayer meetings. A national day of prayer was decreed, and churches were open to help those looking for divine strength and understanding. Even the schools observed a moment of silence on that day. More people turned out for the monthly blood drive at the United Methodist Church than they could handle. A special salute was done before the Friday football game in honor of the rescue personnel lost. A separate memorial service was organized and held at Skinner Field to honor and remember victims of the tragedy. Wolverine World Wide sent 2,100 pairs of boots to New York City firefighters. Kids saved nickels and dimes to give to the Red Cross.
One of the acts of kindness that will live on indefinitely was created by students at Cedar View Elementary—fourth and fifth graders. The flag they created stretched from the ceiling to the floor in the school hallway. The stripes were made up of hand cut outs on which the students had written special messages such as, “I’m sorry for all the people who lost their family members,” “Thank you survivors who went back and tried to save other people,” “Thank you for donating blood, thank you for putting out fires,” “We are praying for the police, fireman and doctors,” and “I’m glad to be an American.” They sent the banner to New York City when it was completed, and it hung in St. Paul’s Chapel where rescue workers went to take breaks. Someone even sent back pictures of it hanging in the chapel. When it was taken down, it went to the Smithsonian for their 9/11 exhibit, and the special picture shown on the front page was sent to Cedar View Elementary, thanking them on behalf of all the rescue workers and one million visitors to St. Paul’s Chapel who were touched by the school’s gift of love, creativity and compassion. Those students graduated in 2009 and 2010 and can proudly say they were part of something special.
When we remember 9/11 this weekend and honor the memories of those lost, let’s try to remember more than just the horrible event. Let’s try to remember the feeling of camaraderie, of loving our neighbors, helping those less fortunate, what it means to be kind to one another, what it really means to give. I think the people who lost their lives that day would want it that way.

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Healing Field pays tribute to 9/11 victims


Flags to fly in honor of 10th anniversary of terrorist attacks


In the 10 years since our nation was rocked by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that changed America, communities across the country have been holding tributes to the 3,200 lives lost on that day. This time, on the 10th anniversary of the horrific event, the Healing Field comes to West Michigan.
The Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE), local communities and area businesses have teamed up to bring Colonial Flag Foundation’s Healing Field memorial to Cannonsburg Ski Area, 3800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont. From September 9-13, 3,200 American flags will fly to honor the victims of the infamous attacks, including the 21 victims from Michigan. The public is invited to walk through the flags on the hills of Cannonsburg Ski Area and attend special programs and events that will be scheduled throughout the five days of the memorial. Events are free to the public and the memorial will be open 24 hours a day.

A Cedar Springs resident helps get flags ready for the healing field.

The West Michigan Healing Field is one of 16 Healing Field memorials that will take place across the country for the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Each three-foot-by-five-foot flag will be placed in perfectly aligned rows as a highly visual way to comprehend the sheer enormity of lives lost in the attacks. Each flag will be tagged with the name, story and age of a victim in the attacks. Members of the community can sponsor a flag for $75, which they can take home with them after the event. All proceeds will benefit first responder organizations as designated by RACE.
“Three thousand American flags together will make an incredible impact,” said Art Johnson, CEO of United Bank and honorary chair of West Michigan Healing Field. “And when you sponsor one of those flags and take it home with you, that will be a different feeling. It’s honoring and remembering that individual whose name is attached to your flag. That’s what families of victims want—for us to remember their loved ones.”
The event is still in need of flag sponsors. To sponsor a flag, please visit www.healingfield.org/west-michigan-2011 and support local first responder organizations. The flags are also available for purchase at all United Bank branches.

Healing Field Event Details:

Friday, September 9, 2011—“A Rise to Glory”
8 a.m. to noon—Volunteers, including approximately 100 Rockford High School students, will be staking 3,200 individual American flags to begin the West Michigan Healing Field memorial. The name of each victim will be read aloud during the “Rise to Glory” ceremony.
Saturday, September 10, 2011—“A Salute to Heroes”
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—“A Salute to Heroes” program will honor rescue personnel and first responders. The community is welcome to come out and support local West Michigan first responders as well as fire and police safety units for their service to our communities.
Sunday, September 11, 2011—“A Day to Remember”
•    8:46 a.m.—A moment of silence commemorating the crash of American Airlines Flight 11
•    9:03 a.m.—A moment of silence commemorating the crash of United Airlines Flight 175
•    9:43 a.m.—A moment of silence commemorating the crash of American Airlines Flight 77
•    10 a.m.—A moment of silence commemorating the crash of United Airlines Flight 93
•    Noon—Rockford American Legion will hold a memorial service honoring and remembering the victims of 9/11.
Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12-13, 2011—“A Lesson Learned”
Students and field trips are welcome to participate in the 2011 Patriot Day Arts Festival to help them understand and learn from an event that they may not be old enough to remember. Students may use any form of expression to pay tribute to those Americans whose lives were lost. Categories include essays, photographs, visual arts and music compositions. Bagpiper Dave O’Neil will play at sunset each day of the event at approximately 7:30 p.m., Friday through Tuesday.

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Sand Lake to host parade honoring emergency workers


The Village of Sand Lake is hosting a solemn parade of emergency vehicles on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The public is encouraged to attend and show their support for their local police, fire and EMS personnel.
All police, fire and EMS across Michigan are invited to be a part of the parade. According to Sand Lake Police Chief Ken Williams, about 20 agencies have said they will participate, including Cedar Springs Police and Firefighters, Howard City Police and Firefighters, and more from surrounding townships. “There could be up to 60 vehicles,” he said.
The parade lineup will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 8 p.m. at Lake and 7th Street, and end at Lake and 4th Street. The vehicles will make two passes. The first time through they will run lights and sirens, and the second time through it will be a silent, remembering time.
After the parade, everyone is encouraged to stay and meet local emergency personnel, and bring a lawn chair or blanket to Salisbury Park and watch a special outdoor large screen showing of news and documentary footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and heroic responses.
For more information, call Chief Williams at (616) 799-1900.

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Back to Church


Pastor Barry Briggs
The Springs Church
135 N. Grant, Cedar Springs

It’s that time of year again when we “go back.” Kids go back to school. Students go back to college. People go back to work. It seems like everybody has something to go back to in September.  Even the clocks are going to go back an hour in a few weeks. If you’ve been away this summer, chances are you’re back now. Welcome back!
In addition to going back to school and work, now is also a great time of year to go back to church. Whether summer trips have had you out of town and out of the routine of attending church for a couple of months, or you’ve been away from church for a couple years (or even a couple decades), you should seriously consider going back to church sometime over the next couple weeks. If you’re like most Americans, you have attended church before, but you haven’t been to church in a long time. What better time than now to give it another try, especially this Sunday on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
I want to encourage everyone reading this article to get back into the practice of attending church. If you’re interested in going back to church but don’t know where to go, browse the church directory on the left-hand side of this page. There are many great churches in Cedar Springs for you to visit. I realize that visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know anyone at first. But I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how welcoming and friendly our area churches are. They are full of real people—just like you—who want to know their neighbors and grow in their faith.
I hope this fall you will find a church to visit and get connected to.  On behalf of all the area pastors, I want to extend an invitation to you to visit our churches.  You’re invited!  We hope you will come.  And as you do, let me be the first to say, “Welcome back!”

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I remember


Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

Each September since 9/11, when the proper and solemn remembrance ceremonies begin, I am tempted to believe the now faded bumper stickers that read, “We Will Never Forget.” Not true. We will forget. No, those who lived in the cities directly attacked, those who huddled around television sets as bewildered and confused witnesses, and those who buried their loved ones murdered in the attacks will never forget that morning a decade ago.
But those following us will forget. They are not calloused or forgetful. They are simply too young. Most of the students who entered college this fall were in elementary school ten years ago, and many of this generation (including my own children), were even younger or not yet born.
Yes, I want my children (and the generations to come) to remember and reflect upon these events. But I do not want them to cloud their memories with the notion that the “world was changed forever on 9/11,” for it was not. Violence, retaliation, the suffering of the innocent, and the struggle for power have been around for all of human history. 9/11, rather than changing that status quo, was another brutal, heart-rending chapter in the same narrative. To say that 9/11 is the defining, irreversible mark on human history is to give evil and injustice far too much credit; and for followers of Jesus to say such a thing, it is a loss faith.
Whenever Christians gather, they gather to remember, celebrate, and hopefully integrate into their lives a profound event from the past, an event to which the Eucharist and the Creeds point: “Jesus Christ was crucified, dead, and was buried; but on the third day he rose again.” This is the defining event of our past, the memory we will never forget, and the trajectory for our future.
Yes, I will bow and say a prayer for those taken from us a decade ago. I will give thanks for the rescue workers, firefighters, and those who tried to save and serve the hurt and dying. I will ask God to assuage the sorrow of the families and friends left to grieve. But when I am finished praying, I will work for peace; I will seek to overcome evil with good; I will pursue the example of Jesus; and I will teach my children to remember properly. Remember that grace, not hate, will have the final word.
Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author. His books include “Leaving Religion, Following Jesus” and “The Jesus Tribe.” Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.

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Roger on Main StreetDeadline

The federal government has borrowed all the money Congress has allowed. If we don’t raise the debt limit, we can’t pay our bills and down goes America’s credit rating. Sounds like my VISA account.
The federal debt situation shouldn’t be a surprise. The U.S. started two wars “on the cuff.” The previous Congress didn’t even include those tens of $billions in the budget (so as not to bother our pretty little heads about it, I guess). But didn’t anybody think the bills might come due? Instead of raising tax money, we got the “Bush tax cuts,” the first time in history our country has gone to war while also cutting taxes. Ignoring the bills does not mean they go away. Every family knows this problem.

Drive-in service

The elderly priest, speaking to the younger one, said, “It was a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theater seats. It worked like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now.”
The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued, “And you told me adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back to church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock ‘n roll gospel choir. Now our services are consistently packed to the balcony.”
“Thank you, Father. I’m pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth.”
“All these ideas have been well and good,” said the elderly priest, “but I’m afraid you’ve gone too far with the drive-through confessional.”
“But, Father,” protested the younger one, “my confessions and the donations have nearly doubled since I started that!”
“Yes,” said the elderly priest, “and I appreciate that. But the flashing neon sign, ‘Toot ’n Tell or Go to Hell’ cannot stay on the church roof.’”

Too much work

A friend claims his son is so lazy he won’t empty the trash in the computer bin.

Call 911

Joe sets up his friend Mike on a blind date with a young lady-friend of his. But Mike’s a little worried about going out with someone he’s never seen before. “What do I do if she’s really unattractive?” he asks. “I’ll be stuck with her all night.”
“Don’t worry,” Joe says. “Just go up to her door and meet her first. If you like what you see, then everything goes as planned. If you don’t, just shout ‘Aaaaaauuuggghhh!’ and fake an asthma attack.”
So that night, Mike knocks at the girl’s door and when she comes out he is awe-struck at how attractive and sexy she is. He’s about to speak when the girl suddenly shouts: “Aaaaaauuuggghhh!”

Makes sense

“Mary,” asks Dawn thoughtfully one day, “what would you do if you caught your husband with another woman?”
“Another woman with my husband?” Mary thinks it over. “Let’s see; I’d break her cane, shoot her guide dog, and call a cab to take her back to the institution she escaped from.”

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9/11


Dear Editor,
The media stated that children do not understand 911. I disagree.
This was written by my daughter after processing the media coverage of 911 during the 5-year anniversary.
She is now a 17-year-old senior at Cedar Springs High School and again witnessed history in the making as Bin Laden was eliminated. Freedom’s bells are still ringing!
Rhonda Bellamy, Cedar Springs

9/11

Everyone can hardly believe it’s been five years,
Through the pain, through suffering, through crying, through tears.
Hundreds of people on that day died,
While millions more stood watching and cried.
The pride of New York, buildings so tall,
Who would have guessed that they would fall.
The impact of the plane, the buildings starting to sway,
While the people inside could not get away.
Think of the terrorists who hijacked the plane,
Their only objective was to cause America pain.
Think of the civilians about on the street,
Who became witnesses to that terrible feat.
Think of the workers with nothing to fear,
How could they know the ending was so near?
Think of the strength of the rescue team,
Determined to get through no matter how large the beam.
Think of the lost ones, the mothers and daughters,
The sisters, the brothers, the husbands and fathers.
What could anyone do on that fateful day,
Except to drop to their knees and pray.
So if everyone will just keep the anthem singing,
We’ll show those terrorists that freedom bells are still ringing.

By Brittany Bellamy
9/11/2006

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