MICHAEL McDANIEL, ASSOCIATE DEAN AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL
ASSOCIATE DEAN AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL MAKES
an impact in Michigan West Michigan Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute “These men, along with the men and women who serve our country, whether in the service, police department, or fire department, are our nation’s heroes.” MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL
Lansing campus Associate Dean Michael C.H. McDaniel was the featured speaker during the September 11 Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute on the grounds of Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each year, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America along with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum honor those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, with a day-long Scout Salute.
McDaniel, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, said, “Everyone remembers where they were on that day and yet when you hear the phrase 9/11, you don’t think of anything other than the events from 15 years ago. We say 9/11 and everyone knows what we feel and what occurred. It was a visceral deep pain.” Speaking to an attentive audience, of Boy Scouts and their families, police officers, firefighters, first responders, and those belonging to service organizations such as the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, McDaniel spoke about the courageous efforts of Father Mychal Judge, a New York City Fire Department chaplain,
and John O’Neil, a retired FBI agent who worked at the World Trade Center. He said Judge and O’Neil, who chose to go toward the disaster zone 15 years ago and died trying to help others, should be the kind of people we recognize as heroes — those who serve to protect the U.S. Constitution. “These men, along with the men and women who serve our country, whether in the service, police department, or fire department, are our nation’s heroes,” said McDaniel. “We should not be confused with entertainers and sports figures who consume much of the time during national newscasts. They may be possible role models, but not heroes.”