Organizations honor 9/11 victims by volunteering


September 11th is a day of remembrance.

For some local volunteers it’s also a day to give back.

Americorps members from Huron Pines along with local Eagle Scouts and community members will take this morning to beautify the ground of Patriot Place, Northern Michigan’s only transitional housing community for veterans.

Volunteers will be building birdhouses and toad houses and removing invasive plant species from the grounds.

Joy Leisen is an Americorps member at Huron Pines.

“We really just want the veterans that are living their to be able to get more enjoyment out of their gardens,” Leisen said.

Volunteers will also be completing a memorial garden on the grounds of Patriot Place.

Any community members wishing to help with effort can arrive at Patriot Place on today at 9 a.m.

More information about the event can be found at