September 20, 2016
DETROIT, Mich. – Members of the Madonna University family observed Patriot Day by honoring veterans, police and first responders lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
Madonna University and its Center for Students in Transition were among the sponsors for the 5th Annual Patriot Day Observance Ceremony at Piquette Square in Detroit, a community for formerly homeless veterans. The solemn remembrance honored all first responders, veterans and family members who were injured or lost in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago, as well as all military personnel and families lost in the war on terrorism.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig, the event’s keynote speaker, identified “the need to unify our country, to dissolve political correctness and stand with those who lay down their lives every day to serve and protect.” His talk was followed by a “laying of the wreaths,” for those who passed on Sept. 11, the playing of Taps, and then refreshments were served. Donations of bottled water and packaged snacks for the residents were brought by the Madonna University volunteers.
The Madonna University community has an ongoing relationship with Piquette Square, a 150-unit apartment complex in Detroit that provides housing for homeless veterans, and offers comprehensive support services to help them develop self-sufficiency in order to reintegrate into the community.