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Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund Continues Remembrance Efforts

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September 8, 2009                        

Web site remembers six Michigan victims.

EAST LANSING, Mich.—As the eighth anniversary of the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001 approaches, the Michigan Remembers 9/11 Fund continues to collect stories and raise funds to help memorialize the importance of that day, to recognize those who lost their lives in the attacks, and to thank those who risked their own lives to save many others.

The fund’s web site,, includes a remembrance page for six known people of Michigan who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The site also has stories sharing experiences from September 11, 2001, and a submission form for others to share their stories. All remembrance and stories are welcome, including those from people who were not first-hand witnesses, as one of the group’s objectives is to identify all the victims who had Michigan roots.

“For those who witnessed or watch the events of September 11th unfold, it is something impossible to forget” said Scott Watkins, one of the incorporators of the fund. “However, many young people already do not recall that day. Our objective is to share with them the heroism, sadness, and other emotions that shaped that day, and continue to impact our lives.”

The fund, which was established in 2006, and formally became a 501(c)3 charitable organization in 2007, was founded by Patrick L. Anderson. He and a coworker, fellow Michiganian Ilhan Geckil, were attending a convention of economists that day in the World Trade Center’s Marriott hotel. Geckil escaped soon after the first plane hit, with Anderson escaping later. The Marriott collapsed underneath the falling twin towers, which were attached at each end of the hotel. Anderson Economic Group has already donated $6,000 to a memorial to be built in Anchorage, Alaska honoring fallen firefighters. Patrick Anderson donated $15,000 to the Michigan effort.

Funds raised thus far have been used to promote the effort and support the web site. Future plans include hiring an executive director to expand the fund’s efforts in 2009 and 2010 in preparation for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks in 2011.

Those wishing to make a donation, share their story, or get more information, can visit or email

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