(Alexandria, MN)  For several years the 3M lawn in Alexandria, although far removed from New York City, is a great place to pause and reflect on the events of 9-11. 

The local 9/11 Memorial Committee placed 2,996 flags on the 3M lawn today to commemorate the 9/11 terror attacks. That includes all of the innocent victims as well as the 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY); 37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD); and 23 police officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard stood at 8:59 am and 9:28 am; the precise times of the World Trade Center Towers collapsed.  The Alexandria Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance, and other first responders joined the Honor Guard. 

Former sheriff and current State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen talked (on Sept. 10th) about the display's origin and the mission of the group putting it on in this following audio clip.

Kevin Schutz and Ingebrigtsen's wife Marilyn Ingebrigtsen were involved in helping develop the display.  Marilyn thanked the community for their part in the display.