MACOMB, Mich. -- In remembrance of Patriots Day, TACOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. Clark LeMasters and his wife and Soldiers from the Detroit Arsenal took part in a Patriot Walk on Sept. 11, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Macomb and Lutheran High North in Macomb, Mich.
The event was held to honor Detroit Police Captain Kenneth Steil, who was shot in the line of duty on September 12, 2016 and died later.
"Captain Steil is called an 'American hero' and a 'superhero' by the press, his family, and many friends," LeMasters said. "His bravery and heroism were clearly demonstrated when, shortly before his death, he said, 'I'm glad it was me who took the hit and not one of my guys.'"
At the event LeMasters also had an opportunity to meet Capt. Steil's parents, Ken and Diane Steil, and talk with them.
"It's a special day for my son; it's a special day for anyone that had relatives in 9/11. It was just horrible. It's hard to remember it, but we have to because we don't want to forget," said Diane Steil.
This is the ninth year for the Patriot Walk that students from St. Peter Lutheran Macomb and Lutheran High North hold. Their walk was to honor the heroes of our country and to show their support and appreciation for those that have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
"As we continue our struggle against those who seek to do Americans harm, let us do so by praying for those who lost their lives on 9/11; for the families and loved ones left behind; and for prudent discernment and direction for our nation's leaders as they continue to chart the course ahead," LeMasters stated.