Groundbreaking held for Benton Harbor 9/11 memorial

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Berrien County – A new 9/11 memorial is being built in Southwest Michigan.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place at the 9/11 Resiliency Plaza in Benton Harbor Wednesday morning. The memorial will include a 500-pound section of steel beam from the World Trade Center towers.

The park is next to the Benton Harbor City Library and across from the police and fire departments. Read More »

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Lottery to attend Pope Francis’ visit to the National September 11th Memorial & Museum

Pope Francis will visit New York City beginning on Thursday, September 24, 2015. He will stay in the City for two nights.

In late July, the National September Memorial & Museum will host a lottery to offer members of the September 11th community a chance to see Pope Francis arrive on the Memorial Plaza. A smaller number will be drawn for an opportunity to be present in the Museum during the Papal visit.

More information about how to enter the lottery will be provided by the Museum later in the month. Those lottery entrants who have been selected to attend the event will be notified in the middle of August.

Questions about the lottery should be directed to

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Wounded vet presented with smart home near Annapolis

E.B. Furgurson III Capital Gazette

How did a wounded warrior react when he toured his new home?

Army Sgt. Adam Keys’ life was changed in an instant in Kandahar, Afghanistan. An IED, like the one he and his crew specialized in hunting and disarming, was detonated remotely. He was the only one to survive the 2010 incident, but lost both legs above the knee and his left arm due to infections.Building for America's Bravest

Sgt. Adam Keys, center, makes his way down his driveway to see his new home. Photo Paul W. Gillespie Capital Gazette

His life changed again Wednesday when he used his phone to open the front door of his new home outside Annapolis, donated via organizations dedicated to providing smart homes for seriously wounded vets. Read More »

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