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Minnesota National Guard
9/11 commemorative event in Newfolden Sept. 11

By Staff reports
Crookston Daily Times
Posted Sep 08, 2011 @ 12:51 PM

Newfolden, Minn — A 9/11 tenth anniversary commemorative program will be held in Newfolden, Minn on Sunday, Sept 11

    The program will begin at 9:11am, with a prelude by the 9th District American Legion Band at 8:30 am Organizers are urging people to bring their lawn chairs and come early, both to get a good seat and allow time for all to be in place at the start of the program

The event is divided into three phases, Remember, Reflect and Worship The first, “Liberty Remembered,” takes a look at the history of America and the patriotism that has been an integral part of our American heritage

The second section, “Liberty Attacked,” will focus on the feelings that people shared following the attacks It is during this portion of the program that US Rep Collin Peterson will address the audience, telling of his experiences on that fateful day while he was in Washington, DC An Honors Ceremony will pay tribute to active military and veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs

    Following an Intermission, the third portion will be a worship service, “Liberty Reclaimed,” centered around selected scriptures

    Special events are planned throughout the program:

    The POW/MIA Freedom Flight Hot Air Balloon will be in Newfolden on Saturday and Sunday Tethered rides will be available, weather permitting

    The 9th District American Legion Band will perform before, during and after the ceremony A Remember America choir will convene for the event, under the direction of NCTC Choir Director, Vanessa Martell

    There will be a military flyover, provided by the Bulldogs of the 148th Fighter Wing from Duluth On Sept 11, 2001, the 148th FW became very busy as a result of the tragedy that saw the collapse of the two World Trade Center towers in New York City As an immediate aftermath, the 148th was tasked with air defense at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport by providing combat air patrols over our nation’s capital and New York City, and by deploying personnel and aircraft back to its detached alert facility at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

    9/11 footage displayed on a jumbotron, student art, motorcycles, display booths, and pyrotechnics are all a part of the event There will be many food vendors as well
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