A piercing fire truck alarm shattered the moment of silence that Lansing fire fighters observed during Wednesday's commemoration ceremony at Lansing's newest fire station.
The siren - a symbol of the exact moments the World Trade Center towers fell - lasted for nearly one minute. Firefighters, community members and city officials, including the mayor, joined together to honor the firefighters who lost their lives. They lowered an American flag to half-staff and placed an empty fire uniform and helmet beneath it.
Local school children planted perennial plants near the flagpole at the station. They say the plants were a symbol of renewed life and rebirth.
Meanwhile, community members of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths gathered at the People's Church of East Lansing for an interfaith service.
Children at Gier Park Elementary School launched more than 300 red, white and blue balloons. The students wrote their names, addresses and a commemorative messages on the balloons' strings before they started the launch.