Today marks a somber anniversary in our country. 19 years ago, terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. And to this day those victims are not being forgotten.
On top of the Main Street Bridge, as truckers and motorists sounded their horns in remembrance of a day many won’t forget. Fire departments from neighboring cities joined with Coon Rapids Fire to mark that tragic day when three coordinated attacks on American soil stunned the country.
Adam Gordon and two of his fellow firefighters from the city of Ramsey stood at the edge of the bridge as they waved to passing motorists on Highway 10.
"Being a part of the fire service, it doesn’t matter what state what country, what city you serve,” said Gordon. “It is a brotherhood across the world. You know we lost 343 brothers (firefighters) that day and again, we want to show the world we’re still thinking of them, their families and FDNY."
The fact that nearly 3,000 lives were lost on that fateful day saddened Daniel Hanson of Champlin. He refuses to let be forgotten.
"I started this event in 2007 because I was getting the impression people were starting to forget what happened to our country,” Hanson said. “And I wanted to come up here and just support our country and remember those people whose lives were taken that day."
Everyone we talked with at the memorial on the Main Street Bridge said they plan to be back next year to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.