Cooley Law professor speaks at 9-11 ceremony

 To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel, who also served as the deputy assistant director for homeland defense planning, spoke during the ceremony, which honors current members of the military and public safety professionals.

 McDaniel spoke about the importance of protecting the United States from future attacks.  Specifically addressing Boy Scouts in attendance,  McDaniel, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, used the Boy Scout’s  three promises, “Duty to God and country, Duty to other people, and Duty to self,”  to explain how he used the promises as central themes as he progressed  through life as an individual and professional. 
Before McDaniel provided the keynote, others speakers included Muskegon Fire Department Assistant Chief Ken Chundy, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, and Grand Rapids Police Chief  David M. Rahinsky.  Nearly 200 firefighters, police officers, military and community members attended the event, which included members of the Boy Scouts and community saluting the American flag from sunrise to sunset.

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