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9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrances include North Iowa Events

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks. 

The Clear Lake Fire Department is sponsoring the area’s largest event to remember the tragedy and honor the lives lost that day. Their “Never Forget 20 Years Later 9/11 Memorial” activities include an open house at the fire station from 2 to 5:30 p.m. 

The memorial program at 6 p.m. features New York Fire Department Lieutenant Joe Torrillo, who will talk about surviving being buried alive twice in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Attendees for his presentation on the east side of the firehouse are asked to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

The event concludes with a procession of fire trucks, law enforcement and emergency response vehicles around Clear Lake starting at 8 p.m.

The New Hampton Fire Department will mark the 9/11 anniversary with a display at the fire station and, starting at 8:46 a.m.,  firefighters will stand guard around the display for 3 minutes and 43 seconds to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day. Those wishing to remember and honor those affected by this tragedy are invited to drive by the fire station, where the display will be up all day Saturday.

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Mark Pitz

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