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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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