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Red Cross Offers Public Viewings of World Trade Center Artifact

World Trade Center Artifact
The Red Cross is pleased to share this artifact with the public and honor those who risked their lives to help people affected by the September 11th attacks. - Breeze Ettl

The American Red Cross of Berrien County is commemorating ‘Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance’ by sharing a World Trade Center artifact as it tours through several southwest Michigan communities between September 8 and September 13.

“The Red Cross is pleased to share this artifact with the public and honor those who risked their lives to help people affected by the September 11th attacks,” said Breeze Ettl, Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross of Berrien and Van Buren Counties. “It is also a reminder to everyone about the dedication of Red Cross volunteers who respond to such a large range of incidents including 9/11, natural disasters, and even local apartment and home fires.”

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region is also giving donors a chance to become a hero to someone in need by asking them to roll-up their sleeves and give blood the week of September 9.

“The American Red Cross has a rich tradition of community service and volunteerism,” said Jim Flickema, CEO of the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “This is a great opportunity for our donors and sponsors to give back to their communities and help replenish the blood supply following the challenging summer months.”

Everyone who comes out to donate at an American Red Cross blood drive the week of September 9 will receive a special gift. Some of the blood drives will also be at locations where the World Trade Center artifact will be on display for public viewing.

The World Trade Center artifact was recovered after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City. Members of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Kalamazoo Fire Department and the City of Allegan Fire Department will serve as escorts as the artifact goes on display for public viewing at the following locations:

9/8/2013 - St. Joseph - Berrien County Courthouse, 811 Port St. - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

9/9/2013 - Portage - First Reformed Church of God, 7905 S. Westnedge Avenue - Blood Drive 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

9/10/2013 - Kalamazoo - PNC Bank, One Financial Way - 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

9/11/2013 - Buchanan - American Electric Power, 500 Circle Drive - Blood Drive 10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

9/12/2013 - Allegan - Griswold Auditorium, 401 Hubbard Street - Blood Drive 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

9/13/2013 - St. Joseph - American Red Cross, 3838 Niles Ave. - Blood Drive 1:00 PM – 6:45 PM

The WTC artifact will soon have a permanent home at the southwest corner of the Benton Harbor Library parking lot, across the street from the Wall Street fire station. More than two-dozen AmeriCorps members serving with the Red Cross of West Michigan will help clean up and prepare the site on September 11.