Minnesotans mark 9/11 anniversary, evening events planned


Minnesota joined states across the country to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and remember the thousands of people who were killed in New York, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Sept. 11, 2014, as Patriot Day and a day of service and remembrance. All flags were ordered to be flown at half staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota "as a mark of respect for the victims of this tragedy."

In addition to Dayton's proclamation, several remembrance events were planned throughout the state. Here are some of them:

Lake Harriet 9/11 tribute concert

For the 13th year, an annual 9/11 tribute concert will be held at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Thursday's concert starts at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The event honors first responders, firefighters and law enforcement personnel who help keep communities safe.

The concert will feature the 9/11 Chorus, the 9/11 Orchestra, individual ensembles and 27 color guards from across the state.

This year's concert, which is a time for reflection and solemn music, comes with a twist, WCCO says. The Teddy Bear Band, which plays music for kids, is scheduled to play for the first time ever.

The band's manager, singer and bass guitarist Richard Erickson told the news station that the Teddy Bear Band's set will be "short and sweet" to give kids something to connect with at the somber event.

Run to Remember

The St. Paul Fire Foundation will honor local firefighters with its inaugural Run to Remember.

The 5K run/walk around the west side of Lake Como begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. The chip-timed run costs $35 and includes a T-shirt.

KSTP says 62 placards honoring the 62 St. Paul firefighters who have died in the line of duty since the 1800s will be placed around the lake. Each placard will have the name of the fallen firefighter, his or her company, title and date of death.

Honoring veterans

Veterans from across Minnesota will be honored Thursday night for their contributions to their communities, KSTP says.

The 2014 Veterans' Voices Awards, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center, will honor 30 veterans. Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito will deliver remarks, the news station says.

Minnesotans remember

Across the state, Minnesotans took time to remember the victims of that day. Here's a look at some of those scenes.

A nation remembers

President Barack Obama called on U.S. citizens to participate in community service and appropriate ceremonies and activities, along with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time – the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center's north tower.

In Lower Manhattan, at the site of the Twin Towers, families of victims gathered and shortly after the time the first plane hit, the victims names were read aloud. Those who read the names offered tributes and declarations of love for the victims, USA Today says.

In Washington, D.C., Obama and members of his staff held a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. Following the 8:46 a.m. moment of silence, a bell tolled and a military bugler played Taps. The president then spoke at a ceremony at the Pentagon, a moment of silence was observed at 9:37 a.m., the moment the plane hit the Pentagon.

"Over more than a decade of war, this 9/11 generation has answered out country's call," Obama said, according to USA Today. "Today, we honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice over these 13 years."

In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Flight 93 National Memorial was open to the public. A remembrance ceremony included reading the names of the victims of Flight 93, ringing of Bells of Remembrance and a wreath laying.

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