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Lawmakers hold commemorative 9/11 ceremony inside Capitol

The State Capitol was home to more than just lawmakers and lobbyists Thursday afternoon, as a commemorative ceremony was held to honor and remember those lives lost on September 11, 2001.

The State Capitol was home to more than just lawmakers and lobbyists Thursday afternoon, as a commemorative ceremony was held to honor and remember those lives lost on September 11, 2001.

The sound of bagpipes echoed inside the House Chamber as representatives and their special guests from various police, fire and other first responding agencies from across Michigan looked on.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard recognized first responders who were killed in the line of duty 17 years ago, on 9/11. Then, various members of the legislature recognized seven members from Michigan in the military and police departments who were lost during 2017 and 2018. Those lost include:

  • PFC Michael P. Giannattasio, U.S. Marine Corps, died Aug. 30, 2017
  • Trooper Timothy O’Neill, Michigan State Police, died Sept. 20, 2017
  • Sgt. Michael S. Yachanin, U.S. Army, died Oct. 6, 2017
  • Deputy Eric Overall, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, died Nov. 23, 2017
  • Officer Glenn Doss Jr., Detroit Police Department, died Jan. 28, 2018
  • Officer Darren Weathers, Detroit Police Department, died Feb. 13, 2018
  • Officer Fadi Shukur, Detroit Police Department, died Aug. 15, 2018

The ceremony was held Thursday, September 6, 2018 instead of the actual anniversary of 9/11 due to the legislature not being in session. Grand Traverse Fire Chief Pat Parker said this also allows first responders to attend ceremonies in their own communities as well.

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