10th anniversary memorial of Sept. 11 attacks to be at State Capitolby Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A coalition of religious groups have organized a memorial observance at the State Capitol.
Organizers hope the anniversary observance will reflect positively on the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2001.
"Remember how we felt immediately afterwards," Anderson said. "After Sept. 11th, it was a feeling of community that we were all together; that we were all Americans. And that's part of what we're trying to recapture, Remember that."
The event will feature music, prayers, dance and remarks by Gov. Mark Dayton, said Gail Anderson of the Minnesota Council of Churches, the program's organizing committee. She said Anderson says.
The formal program is scheduled to run rain or shine, the Sunday of the anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Music and other events begin an hour earlier.
The tragedy transcends the religious dimensions of the conflict sparked by the attack, said Zafar Siddiqui, president of the Fridley-based Islamic Resource Group. The Muslim community will have a presence at the event "There were Muslims that lost their lives in the Twin Towers, and there were Muslim first responders who also died," Siddiqui said.