The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States will once again be remembered in Anoka County Wednesday (Sept. 11).
A sunrise to sunset Day of Remembrance vigil will take place on the Main Street bridge over Highway 10, just as it has for the past seven years.
“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 police officers, firefighters or rescue workers,” said Dan Hanson, event coordinator.
Hanson invites veterans in Anoka County to join members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines, the Patriot Guard and lawmakers for this Day of Remembrance.
According to Hanson, he would like to see more military personnel, police officers, firefighters and rescue workers taking part in the vigil on the bridge.
“It would great if all patriotic Americans would take part in honoring our country and the brave men and women currently serving, as well as the innocent lives that were taken on that day,” Hanson said.
“Remember to bring your flag.”
The Coon Rapids Fire Department will have a presence on the Main Street bridge Sept. 11 with its fire trucks, so will the Coon Rapids Police Department with its squad cars, according to Hanson.
In addition, the Minnesota Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot at Lowe’s off Coon Creek Boulevard, just east of the Main Street bridge, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hanson said.
To donate blood, contact Hanson at 763-427-4667 (home) or 612-250-4926 (cell) to set up an appointment.
To leave a message, the caller should provide a name, phone number, two or three possible donation times between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and the best time to be called back, Hanson said.
“I am hoping for a great turnout Wednesday, Sept. 11 and look forward to seeing you on the bridge,” he said.
“Let us remember that freedom is never free. Too many brave men and women have sacrificed their lives for our freedom since 1776.
“We, as Americans, continue to be saddened by the lives lost of our loved ones that have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”
At the Sept. 11, 2012 vigil, more than 100 people braved 45 mph wind gusts on the Main Street bridge, Hanson said.
“But it was a great day,” he said. “I was honored to be there with so many good people.”
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