St. Paul officials to commemorate 9-11 with Landmark ‘remembrance ribbon’

Just a week after the Republican National Convention packed up and left town, St. Paul officials will hold a memorial to those who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

It’s scheduled for 1:30 p.m. outside Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, on the Rice Park side. Mayor Chris Coleman will speak, along with Fire Chief Tim Butler. A bagpiper from the Minnesota Police Pipe Band will perform “Amazing Grace.”

Firefighters will place a large yellow remembrance ribbon on Landmark’s South Tower (clock tower).
 
The free event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the ribbon ceremony. Call 651-292-3276 for more information.

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  1. Submitted by Dan Hoxworth on 09/09/2008 - 11:29 am.

    Here’s another way to observe 9/11.

    Event: Mahtomedi, MN, September 11 – Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath (2008), the first feature-length documentary film on hate violence following Sept. 11, 2001, will screen for deep dialogue about racism, religion, and
    renewal in America.

    The White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church (WBUUC), 328 Maple Street,Mahtomedi, MN is hosting the local premiere screening on Thursday,Sept. 11at 7:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.
    For directions go to http://www.whitebearunitarian.org

    This free showing of the Award-winning documentary Divided We Fall is part of a national grassroots film release. The film is part of an effort to create a national day of reconciliation on 9/11.

    Divided We Fall follows the journey of 20-year-old college student Valarie Kaur as she documents hate violence against Sikhs and Muslims in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 and examines the larger question of “who counts” as American. On a two-year international tour, the film has won more than a dozen awards and reached 150 campuses and communities in 90 cities across the United States.

    Divided We Fall will be released when educators and community leaders in 50 U.S. cities will hold dialogues around the film in commemoration of Sept. 11 and Sept. 15 – the anniversary of the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, the first person killed in retribution for the terrorist attacks. In all, 17 people are documented to have been killed by hate crimes in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack. Divided We Fall will be released on DVD in October 2008.

    Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Rev. Victoria Safford of WBUUC will give opening remarks at the screening. The film will be followed by a dialogue session featuring Nimco Ahmed to discuss the impact events 9/11 had on the Somali community in the Twin Cities.

    “This stunning film could not have arrived at a more significant time in our nation’s history,” Stanford University Emeritus Professor of Psychology Phillip Zimbardo said. “It brilliantly conveys the dynamic tensions we all share over racial and religious differences that can be transformed into new visions for an American mosaic more richly textured than ever before. It is the must see film of this year for all thoughtful people.”

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