9/11 anniversary event is on Main Street bridge

The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will again be remembered by a sunrise to sunset vigil on the Main Street bridge over Highway 10 in Coon Rapids.

This photo was taken in 2009. File photo

This photo was taken in 2009. File photo

This year’s remembrance will be on the same day of the week, Tuesday, that the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., took place 11 years ago.

This will be the sixth year the 9/11 remembrance has taken place on the Main Street bridge, according to Daniel Hanson, event coordinator.

“We will once again be honoring our country and the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces or as firefighters, police officers or rescue workers,” Hanson said.

Members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines; patriotic Americans; local fire and police departments; rescue workers; the Patriot Guard; and public officials will be taking part in this Day of Remembrance, he said.

“It would be great if all patriotic Americans would take part in this honoring of our country and the men and women currently serving as well as innocent lives that were taken on that day,” Hanson said.

In addition to the vigil on the bridge, the Red Cross Bloodmobile will again in the Lowe’s parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

People willing to donate blood can contact Hanson at 763-767-4667 (home) or 612-250-4926 (cell) to set up an appointment.

In the 2011 Day of Remembrance, which marked the 10th anniversary of the terroristic attacks, more than 100 people were on the bridge, according to Hanson.

“Let us remember that freedom is never free,” he said.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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