Public Invited To Rochester 9/11 Anniversary Event
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - An event in remembrance of the 9/11 terror attacks on the US is being planned in Rochester.
The Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Committee also plans to honor military veterans during the event.
It will be held Friday at the memorial with a start time of 6:00 pm. The 30-minute program will feature a few speakers, including Rochester Fire Chief Eric Kerska.
There will be two Caledonia bagpipers starting near Mayo Clinic at 5 pm - and then making their way to the memorial at Soldier's Field for the 6 pm start. This is in reference to bagpipers marching to ground zero as the last steel beam from the collapsed towers was removed.
Minnesota’s official commemorative ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the attacks is scheduled for Saturday at the state Capitol grounds in St Paul. It will begin at 9:00 am and is free and open to the public.
According to organizers:
This multi-media event will include remarks by state leaders, family members who lost a loved one to the events of 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism, and video messages by faith leaders and military members.
Organizers are encouraging those planning to attend to consider an early arrival. Events will begin at 7:30 am with a reading of the names of Minnesotans killed on 9/11 and subsequently killed during the Global War on Terrorism. Bells will chime across St. Paul to mark the moment each flight crashed that Tuesday morning in 2001.
Other elements of the day will include military-connected educational booths on display, live music, a Global War on Terrorism museum display, connection opportunities, children’s activities, food trucks, and more. Events run until 2 p.m.
Check here for the detailed event schedule.
The event will follow current COVID-19 prevention guidelines set by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC.
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