Michigan Remembers 9-11 to Honor First Responders with 5K Run

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The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund (Michigan Remembers) is hosting its seventh annual Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 11 in Lansing’s Old Town. The event will include a brief remembrance ceremony and a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. — which marks the exact moment when the first plane struck the Twin Towers — before kicking off the 5K Run/Walk at 9:11 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support Michigan Remembers’ programming, including sending area first responders to New York City to represent the Great Lakes State in the National Tunnel to Towers 5K on Sept. 24. Lansing Township Police Department’s Brett Ramsden was selected by a nomination committee based on his daily service to the community; he’s been a police officer with the department for nearly 10 years and a medical examiner investigator for six years.

“We are excited and proud to be sending Brett to New York to represent Michigan,” said Lauren Branneman, executive director of the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund. “We encourage everyone to join us in Lansing’s Old Town on Sept. 9 to send him off with our support.”

 In addition to these roles, Ramsden serves as a firefighter at the Mason Fire Department and most recently as a background investigator at Ingham County 911, repeatedly showing selflessness beyond the call of duty. Michigan Rep. Tom Cochran will be at the Lansing 5K Run/Walk to introduce Ramsden and recognize his work.

Founded in 2006 by Patrick Anderson, who was inside of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit, the fund’s mission is to secure the remembrance of 9-11 for future generations as a day of sacrifice and heroism, in addition to loss, as well as recognize first responders for their harrowing efforts in the local community. The public is invited to attend the pet-friendly remembrance ceremony and 5K family event, and registration is available at www.runsignup.com/runtoremember.


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Kristopher Johnson

Kristopher Johnson is a Communications Specialist at M3 Group who earned his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University in 2015. While currently residing in Lansing, Kristopher will always be a native of Detroit. He enjoys volunteering, listening to others and musing over contrasting insights. He is also fond of writing, keeping up with politics and watching too many story-driven anime.