September 11 Commemorative Events in the Twin Cities

Its hard to believe its been 20 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001. For those of us who lived through it, we will never forget that moment or how much our world changed afterwards. For my kids it is an interesting piece of history.

This year,  a few community events will commemorate those who were lost and those who were heroes.

Edina Community to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Edina Community to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of September 11th Terrorist Attacks

In honor of the 2,977 victims, two Edina residents, Liz Ross and Jeff Northrup, have planned a program to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The park will be adorned with 2,977 flags, each placed in memory of a life lost during the terrorist attacks.

“Sept. 11 was a transformative event for this country in a myriad of ways, both large and small. “It is critical that we honor the event and recognize its place in our community and history.”

Liz Ross

At least one food truck will be on site during the afternoon. First responders with identification may eat for free. Others may buy concessions to enjoy in the park.

Saturday, September 11, 2021
1pm-4pm
Utley Park, 4521 W. 50th St, Edina, MN 55424

Schedule of Events:

  • 1-4pm– Residents are encouraged to visit the park to pay tribute to those who died
  • 2 p.m.Program: There will be a short program, during which, the new Fire Chief Andrew Slama and Police Chief Todd Milburn will be introduced.

Coon Rapids Ceremony Commemorates 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

The Coon Rapids Police and Fire Departments will bring together first responders and members of the armed forces from throughout the state to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The program, held at the Coon Rapids High School football field, will feature two Minnesotans who lost relatives in the attacks: John Peña, principal of Coon Rapids High School, whose uncle was killed, and Eric Aamoth of Plymouth, who lost his brother.

Coon Rapids Ceremony Commemorates 20th Anniversary of September 11th Terrorist Attacks

Dozens of local and regional emergency vehicles will gather, including SWAT vehicles, a Life Link helicopter, ladder trucks, squad cars, military vehicles and other law enforcement equipment. Among the artifacts on display is a Halligan tool used during the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center.

The public is invited to attend this free event. CTN Studios will stream the event live via YouTube.

Saturday, September 11, 2021
Noon-3 p.m.
Coon Rapids High School Football Field2340 Northdale Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Schedule of Events:

  • NoonMeet & Greet: Meet with members of the armed forces and first responders. View emergency vehicles and artifacts from the World Trade Center.
  • 2 p.m.Program: Color guard, music, 21-gun salute, proclamation honoring a member of SEAL Team 10, keynote speakers John Peña and Eric Aamoth.
  • 2:45 p.m. – Flyover: Flyover of North American P-51 Mustangs and a brief volley of fireworks.
  • 3 p.m. – Procession: Emergency vehicles and participants will travel to Coon Rapids Fire Station #1 (1460 Egret Boulevard) where a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center is on permanent display.

Opening Day – Fresh Acres in Monticello

This year’s maze at Fresh Acres commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and honors fallen heroes.  Opening day will begin at 10am with a ceremony to honor both first responders and military lives lost. The first 412 first responders and military personnel to go through the gate will get in free. After that they will receive a $2 discount with ID. Learn more here.

Saturday, September 11, 2021
10am-6pm.
Fresh Acres Farm,  7385 Jason Ave NE, Monticello MN

Schedule of Events:

  • 10amCeremony
  • Open weekends through October 31st.

Closing Day – Local Heroes at Hennepin History Museum

While this exhibit at the Hennepin History Museum isn’t about the 9/11 attacks, it celebrates heroes and we think that is a great way to commemorate the date.

Closing Day - Local Heroes at Hennepin History Museum

Now more than ever, our community is grateful for the sacrifices made by healthcare professionals. This workforce deserves recognition for its extraordinary efforts and dedication to caring for patients and protecting the public. Local Heroes traces the long tradition of healers and caretakers throughout early Hennepin County history and explores their stories of medical innovation, trailblazing, and exceptional dedication.

Closing Day: Saturday, September 11, 2021
10am-5pm.
Hennepin History Museum, 2303 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
View Exhibit Online

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