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9/11 memorial ceremony planned for State Capitol mall

A public ceremony to remember the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the State Capitol mall in St. Paul.

It’s being organized by the Minnesota Council of Churches.

There will be remarks by Bishop Peter Rogness of the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and faith leaders from many religious congregations across the state. Also scheduled to speak are Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen.  Amy Klobuchar and Republican state legislative leaders.

There will be representatives of law-enforcement, military, firemen and EMS personnel.

The program will include live performances bt Brother Ali (hip-hop artist), Sheila Raye Charles (gospel, daughter of soul legend Ray Charles) and Larry Long (folk). The voices of Partner in Praise Girls Choir will lead the audience in singing “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful.”

Larger-than-life puppets, operated by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, and spoken poetry, read by Minnesotan poet Louis Alemayehu, will be part the ceremony; Holly’s Center Stage Dance youth dance company from Lakeville will perform.

Organizers suggest bringing a blanket or lawn chairs and finding a spot on the lawn.

Among the big sponsors are:

  • The St. Paul Foundation
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • The GHR Foundation
  • The General Mills Foundation.

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