On Sunday, Minnesota religious and political leaders remembered the victims of the terrorist attacks that happened on September 11, 2001.
The public ceremony on the mall of the State Capitol featured remarks from Bishop Peter Rogness of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); faith leaders from diverse congregations across the state; Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican state legislative leaders.
Americans Standing Together video highlights
Governor Mark Dayton
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota U.S. Representatives
MN Senator Gen Olson and other legislators
The Minnesotans Standing Together ceremony will featured music, dance and poetry from a variety of artists and artistic styles. From gigantic puppets to powerful poetry and gospel, folk and classical music, the program offered a diversity of artistic expressions dealing with Remembrance, Honoring and Healing. In addition, members of the military, first responders, and families who lost loved ones on 9/11 will be featured prominently in the ceremony.
“This event is an opportunity for faith leaders from many traditions to literally stand together with civic and political leaders and share common desires with the people of Minnesota for healing and hope for our community,” said Peg Chemberlin, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Churches. The Council is the lead organizer of the event and has brought together at least 15 diverse groups to support the event.
Video of entire event (thank you to KSTP-TV for being the media pool camera)