Northlanders Remember 9-11

By KBJR News 1

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- On the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks Northlanders took time to remember the 3,000 lives lost.

People around the Twin Ports gathered at a variety of locations to share memories, hold moments of silence, and to show their support for the nation.

On the south side of the DECC at the Statue of Liberty replica, prayers, songs, and moments of silence were heard, along with rifle salutes from local veterans.

"We need to come here and commemorate these and remember," said Dave Boe, a 20 year veteran.

A ceremony at Enger Park also honored those who died in the tragic events from that day 12 years ago, by ringing Japanese Peace Bells as people prayed for peace.

"Pray for our country and pray for our freedom," said Durbin Keeney, Chairman of the Veteran Services Committee.

The events are also a reminder of the courage and bravery of first responders on that day.

Many veterans say seeing images from that day brings back the same hollow feelings they felt in 2001.

"This morning, after seeing that again on television, I felt the same way," said Keeney.

Daniel Fanning, Community Relations Officer for Duluth, decided to enlist in the military on the day of the attack and soon after was fighting in Iraq.

He says the way citizens, across the country stood up to help, was remarkable.

"Everyday citizens really stepped up in a big way. That's what makes our country great and it's great to see that remembered here today," said Fanning.

At the Japanese Peace Bell ceremony, Mayor Don Ness officially proclaimed September 11th 2013, as a day of service and remembrance.

Many people at the ceremonies have said that all too often history passes us by and we tend to focus on whatever is new...

But in cases like this, it's always important to remember the way in which our society came together during such an emotional time.

Elsa Robins