Lansing Remembers 9/11

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

Pat Whalen read the names of 9/11 victims with Michigan ties during the memorial. One of the names read, was that of her daughter, Meredith.

Meredith was 23. A 2000 University of Michigan honors graduate, she was a research analyst on the 93rd floor of the North Tower. Her office was right near the impact point when the first plane hit.

Five years later, her mother says she has never asked, 'why.' She just rests sure in the knowledge that God was with Meredith and everyone else who was killed.

Lynn Doyle-Curl lost her brother, Frank. He was working 89th floor of the South Tower. Lynn says she remembers her brother and what the country was like directly following the attacks. United speaking with one voice.

Of the close to 3,000 killed that day, 343 were firefighters. IFF Local 421 President Bryan Epling says the now cliche term 'rush in when everyone else rushes out,' applies. He says they don't look to be heroes, but that's just what they do. And what they will continue to do.

Also at the memorial were Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Police Chief Mark Alley. Firefighters laid a wreath of flowers at the base of the 9/11 Memorial Monument - a piece of tangled structure beam from the wreckage of the Twin Towers.


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