MARQUETTE - Tuesday's observance of the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon served not only as a memorial for the thousands of people who lost their lives that day, but also a salute to the country's servicemen and women.
Throughout the country tributes were held to honor the memory of the events that shocked the country and much of the world.
The Jacobetti Home for Veterans, along with the Volunteer Coordinators of Marquette County, hosted a veterans appreciation day. The event was in recognition of the 9/11 and a day of service and remembrance for military veterans and their families. More than 50 veterans attended.
John E. Hockstand of Marquette sings the national anthem as Marquette Senior High School orchestra students play during 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans on Tuesday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Doug Lewis, head coach of the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team, passes out gift bags made by Bothwell Middle School Junior National Honor Society during the event. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
John E. Hockstad of Marquette came with his wife Marjorie to be honored.
Hockstad was born in Manistique and served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman during the Korean War. He also attended Northern Michigan University.
"I'm proud to have served my country," Hockstad said.
Having lived in Marquette since the 1970s, Hockstad said he was very excited to see the community come together for such a great cause.
"It's wonderful to see all ages come out to honor our vets and the victims of 9/11," he said.
Doug Lewis, head coach of the Northern Michigan University men's basketball team, came to support the veterans along with assistant coach Tae Norwood.
"I just wanted to come out and honor our veterans who put their lives on the line to keep our country safe." Lewis said.
The Bothwell Middle School Junior National Honor Society created a video to honor the veterans and the victims of 9/11 that premiered during the memorial, which was organized by Volunteer Coordinators of Marquette County.
In addition, Girl Scouts from troops 5011 and 5013 presented the colors and the Marquette Senior High School Orchestra provided music. Gift bags provided by Marquette General Hospital were also presented to the veterans.
The gathering was topped off by students and local volunteers serving cake and refreshments.
Matt Keiser can be reached at 906-228-2500 ext. 243.