'Poor man's' 9/11 memorial in Flint, Michigan; low-key ceremonies today

Sep 11, 2012

The keepers of this memorial say "it's nothing pretty, but it's a whole lot of love."

Dominic Adams writes about the Sept. 11th Memorial Corner in Flint, Michigan for the Flint Journal.

Adams reports Moose Fitch and his wife Suzie built and maintain the memorial, and they'll take any help they can get.

The memorial is for the whole world, but the Fitches will not accept money for future work.

"This is all a poor man's memorial," Moose Fitch said, pointing to a painting that's begun to peel. It shows the New York City skyline and depicts the World Trade Center, where thousands of people died when two hijacked planes were flown into them. "Maybe somebody with a little bit of art talent will come help us out."

The memorial is at McClellan and North streets in Flint. A candlelight vigil will be held at the site at 8:30 p.m. tonight.

On the national stage, memorials will be lower-key, according to NPR's The Two Way:

President Obama, the First Lady and the White House staff will observe the moment of silence on the South Lawn. The president will later speak at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and Vice President Joe Biden will attend a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., where hijacked Flight 93 crashed.