St. Cloud Will Hold 9-11 Ceremony

St. Cloud Will Hold 9-11 Ceremony Click to Enlarge Photo: Jennifer Lewerenz

(KNSI) - The country will pause and remember the terrorist attacks that rocked the nation 18 years ago.

On September 11th, 2001, more than 3,000 people died when two planes hit the World Trade Center in New York, one struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and another crashed in Pennsylvania.

St. Cloud will be holding its annual ceremony to remember the attacks at 5 p.m. on the steps of the police department.

Mayor Dave Kleis was a guest of KNSI's Bob Hughes and will be at the ceremony.

"It's a brief program, but I think it's important that we stop, we pause, and we remember that day and the loss of life."

The ceremony should last about 20 minutes.

He says the event in St. Cloud is about more than honoring those that died on that day.

"We also honor our first responders and the men and women who wear the uniform of our local communities. Our police, our fire, our EMTs but also those who wear the uniform of our Nation."

Vietnam Veteran Ken Schulte was a guest of KNSI's Dan Terhaar and talked about how a group of 40 Marines who sprang into action on 9-11 by running into the burning Pentagon to save a group of infants and toddlers in daycare.

"Each of them grabbed a crib or a child, and they all took off and went out by this park about 3/4 of a mile away from the Pentagon."

Ken talked about what the Marines did next.

"The Marines stopped, and they formed a circle with the cribs. They put all the kids inside of the circle and then they set up a perimeter and outside that, all 40 were locked and loaded in case something else was going to happen."

He says they stayed guarding the kids until the last parent came to get their child.

The Governor has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset across the state.

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