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The Twin Cities pause to remember 9-11 victims and heroes

Lake Harriet concert on Tuesday night, flags on Stagecoach Bridge all day

September 11, 2018 - 7:14 am
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It's been 17 years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and once again, there are remembrances scheduled in the Twin Cities metro. 

Four people with Minnesota roots were killed in the attacks.

Tom Burnett of Bloomington was on Flight 93 and part of the passenger revolt that led to hijackers crashing the jet in western Pennsylvania.

Gordy Aamouth of Hopkins and Gary Koecheler of St. Paul were in the World Trade Center towers in New York City and died with thousands of others.

Cheryle Sincock, who was born in the southwestern Minnesota town of Currie, was working in the Pentagon and died when a plane crashed into the building in Virginia. 

The annual 9-11 memorial concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis is highlighted each year with a flag ceremony, an honor guard piped into the setting that in the past has included a crowd in the thousands.  

It starts at 4 p.m. with a group of full-geared firefighters leading a walk around the lake.

The music begins at 5 p.m., featuring the Rare Pharaohs, Terry and Kevin in the singing Masons, a military brass quintet, and the 23-piece Twin Cities trumpet ensemble

At 7 p.m., the flag ceremony starts, featuring 22 units presenting the colors.

That's followed by the Minnesota 9-11 Tribute traditional chorus and orchestra.

Other 9-11 memorials in the Twin Cities includes the placing of American flags on Stagecoach Bridge, which spans Interstate 94 south of Stillwater.

 

"We've got 17 flags out here to commemorate 17 years," Stefan Wood told Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News. "We started at 12 a.m. and we'll be out here until 12 a.m. tomorrow morning."

The memorial has been staged for seven straight years by the group that calls itself "Our Ground Zero," and motorists passing beneath the bridge have been saluting them by honking their car horns.

"About every other car it seems like is acknowledging us, so that's good to see," Wood said.

Later Tuesday, police cars, fire trucks, and other crews pass under that bridge in the 343 Run, remembering the emergency personnel who died on 9-11.  

Governor Dayton has ordered all US and Minnesota flags to half-staff at state and federal buildings.

Dayton has also declared Patriot Day, and a Day of Service and Remembrance.