Remembering 9/11: Area Memorial events

(ABC 6 News) – This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that changed the nation. Several area memorial ceremonies are planned to honor and remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001.

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Albert Lea Remembrance Parade

A 9/11 remembrance parade with emergency vehicle lights and sirens to remember all those who lost their lives.

The parade will leave at 11 a.m. from the Fire Station through the city. From 417 Newton Ave S.- North on Broadway from College to Fountain – West on Fountain to Hwy 13 -North on Hwy 13 to Sunset – East on Sunset to Lakeview Blvd -North on Lakeview Blvd to Richway Dr -East on Richway Dr to Garfield – South on Garfield to Front Street – West on Front Street to Frank Ave – South on Frank Ave to Hwy 65 – North on Hwy 65 to Front St – Back to Fire Station.

Clear Lake Anniversary Event

There will be emergency response vehicles on display. The Memorial Program will begin at 6:00pm, with a flag presentation, helmet presentation and music. Special speaker is FDNY Lt. Joe Torrillo who survived being buried twice on September 11 2001. The fire station and Clear Lake Fire Museum will be open starting at 2:00 pm., a lighted emergency vehicle procession around Clear Lake to follow.

Dodge Center Exhibit

The Dodge Center library is hosting an exhibit on the 9/11 terrorist attacks in honor of the 20th anniversary of that day. The exhibit tells the story of 9/11 through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. The exhibit is free and runs through October 11.

Harmony silent parade

A silent parade will take place through Main Street on beginning at 8:45 a.m., beginning at the Fire Hall, heading north and then returning, pausing on Main at 8:59 and again at 9:28 to commemorate the times each tower fell.

Luther College series of 9/11 events

Luther College will host a series of events including conversations and Q&A sessions, faculty panel and open mic, a memorial concert and a Candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Saturday, in front of the Center for Faith and Life.

Mantorville Field of flags

Field of Flags dedication “To the Heroes Among Us. On Saturday, Beginning at 1 p.m. at 8th Street and Highway 57.

Mason City 20th Anniversary commemoration

Mason City will hold a ceremony at 8:59 a.m. Saturday in Central Park. The ceremony will begin at the exact time the first of two world trade centers collapsed twenty years ago on Saturday. The ceremony will include the joint Mason City Police & Fire Department Honor Guard, 800 flags displayed throughout the park, and bell-ringing by area churches.

Mason City First Responders Meals

LD’s Filling Station is offering free meals for all first responders (firefighters, law enforcement, EMS) current or retired on 9/11. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pine Island Memorial Service

Memorial Processional from the Pine Island Fire Department to the American Legion Hall at 8:15 a.m. A 9/11 Memorial Service will take place at 8:30 a.m, with United States Flag retirement program to follow. A Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at 11:00 a.m. hosted by the Pine Island American Legion.

Rochester Athletic Club Memorial climb

Honor and remember those who lost their lives by climbing 110 flights of stairs to represent those climbed by Firefighters, Police, and EMS. If you are interested in climbing, click here.

Rochester Memorial Service

Friday, Sept 10th, 6 p.m. at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. Eric Kerska, Rochester Fire Chief and past commander who served three tours in Iraq, will speak to GWOT, Global War on Terror, Veterans & their families about the past 20 years involvement with Afghanistan.

Rochester VFW Memorial ceremony

Members of Rochester police and fire, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and Mayo Ambulance will participate in a memorial ceremony involving raising the flag, a rifle volley, and the playing of Taps at 7:46 a.m. at the Rochester VFW Post 1215..

“9/11 Day of Remembrance” on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds

The public is invited to the Minnesota State Capitol grounds September 11th to remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, the 9/11 and Global War on Terrorism Remembrance Task Force, and the Minnesota Military and Veterans Museum spent nearly a year planning for this event.

Events begin at 7:30 a.m. with a reading of the reading of the names of Minnesota 9/11 families and the 109 Minnesotans that were subsequently killed as a result of hostile action during the Global War on Terrorism.

The official commemorative ceremony begins at 9 a.m. with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz, retired Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Gold Star Mother Jill Stephenson and Mariah Jacobsen, daughter of Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett. The program will also include an aircraft flyover, musical performances, and military honors.

Winona Tribute of Memorial flags

Winona will hold tribute of memorial flags and the fire department providing a gateway to the city on Huff Street with their trucks ceremonially flanking the street flying American Flags.

The commemoration will begin at 8 a.m. remaining in place until dusk. The Tribute of Flags will remain in place until Friday Sept. 17 and will contain 2,977 white flags in the shape of 9/11, one for each of the lives lost on that day.