Proudly waving American flags and saluting motorists sounding their horns in support of U.S. military personnel and first responders, dozens of men and women proclaimed, “We will never forget” during the Sept. 11 Day of Remembrance gathering.
On the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, a sunrise to sunset vigil was staged on the Main Street bridge over Highway 10 in Coon Rapids.
“We are once again 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, coordinator of the event for the past eight years.
Demonstrating their support, the Coon Rapids Fire Department parked its ladder truck on the bridge and raised a new flag assembly until sundown.
Coon Rapids Police Department squad cars also made an appearance during the vigil.
And the Minnesota Red Cross Bloodmobile set up shop in the parking lot at Lowe’s off Coon Creek Boulevard, collecting blood donations to boost the supply.
“We’ve just always got to remember that freedom is never free,” Hanson said. “And we will never forget the price paid for our freedom.”
“God bless America and God bless all of the brave men and women who keep us safe.”
Sue Austreng is at firstname.lastname@example.org