As flags flapped in the wind and patriotic residents stood watch, motorists traveling over and under the Main Street bridge over Highway 10 in Coon Rapids Tuesday honked their approval.
Area residents, members of the Patriot Guard and others paid honor to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 during a memorial sunrise to sunset vigil staged on the bridge.
The event began in 2006 as a way for Dan Hanson of Champlin and others to memorialize the events of that fateful day.
Hanson said he decided to organize the event in 2006 because Sept. 11 fell on the same day of the week as the 9/11 attacks. Again this year, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks fell on a Tuesday.
“It’s a day of remembrance and honor,” Hanson said.
In addition to the flags and a Coon Rapids Fire Department ladder truck on the Main Street bridge, a blood drive took place in the Lowe’s parking lot.
According to Hanson, this is the first year the blood drive is full.
In 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Hanson organized a program at the Coon Rapids High School football field, where approximately 3,000 people came together to honor the victims and their country.
“It’s just something I hope keeps building,” said Hanson about the memorial event on the bridge.
“I’d like to see both sides of that bridge lined up with patriotic Americans.”
Kelly Johnson is at firstname.lastname@example.org