Elk River will observe 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

The Elk River Fire Department, Elk River Police Department and the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office will host a public ceremony and open house on Saturday, Sept. 10 in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
A formal ceremony will begin at noon in front of the Elk River Public Safety Complex at 13077 Orono Parkway, paying homage to the firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel who gave their lives on that day.
Following the ceremony, more than 35 exhibits will be on display as well as regular demonstrations of fire and police tactics. The event will run until 4 p.m.
“On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders converged on the World Trade Center in
New York City to aid and rescue innocent strangers,” Elk River Fire Chief T. John Cunningham said. “The heroic efforts of these firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel and Good
Samaritans saved countless lives that day. Their actions, however, came at a great sacrifice and serve as a reminder of the valiant efforts – both past and present – of our public safety community.”
The event will begin with a joint Honor Guard presentation and flag raising ceremony by the Elk
River Police Department and Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office. Following a presentation of the
colors, there will be remarks by Elk River Mayor John Dietz, Fire Chief Cunningham and Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe.
“Ten years ago, we came together as a nation, supporting and comforting one another in our time
of grief,” Rolfe said. “This year, we will once again stand together as a community to remember the sacrifices made that fateful day.”

Evening events
Later that evening, Elk River firefighters will be hosting their annual concert and dance at the new location, Fire Station #2, located at 13073 Orono Parkway. The dance will feature the music of Martin Zellar, a tribute to Neil Diamond, and the opening act, Shane Martin. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. This year marks the 130th anniversary of the Elk River Fire Department.