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Are 9/11 Memorials Still Worth It, 11 Years On?

Memorial concert is in its eleventh year.

Over a decade after the 9/11 terror attacks, how long should this country continue mourning the victims?

The crowd at Tuesday's 9/11 Tribute Concert at the in Southwest Minneapolis' Linden Hills neighborhood was around half the size of . But for the hundreds that did show up to perform, to organize the event, and to watch, this anniversary was still worth commemorating.

To some, the live television images of jet liners crashing into skyscrapers were still fresh in their minds.

"As I was helping hang the scrolls (showing the names of the 9/11 dead) on the side of the Bandshell, a jet flew over, and the sound just made me cringe," said Minnetonka resident Mary Helmbrecht, one of this year's event organizers. "Those horrific attacks are still so raw for me."

Others said the anniversary was important to mark because of the attacks' deep impact on the country. 

"It changed all of our lives, how we think of the world," said audience member Glory Kibbel of Forrest Lake. "After 9/11, there was this sense that 'it could happen to us,' too."

Ingjerd Postmyr, a Norwegian resident in Minneapolis to visit friends, said that the 9/11 attacks impacted people across the world.

Kibbel and friend Donna Adams of Minnetonka said they didn't think America or Americans had felt that vulnerable since the early days of the Cold War. 

"Those of us who lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis know what it's like to feel under threat," Adams said.

Other concert-goers said it was important to mark the memory of the 3,000 attack victims.

"I remember that day, people were saying 'We'll never forget you,' and I really meant it when I said it," said East Harriet resident Susan Gray, another event organizer.

Postmyr and others told Patch that commemorations like the Lake Harriet concert are one way to try to keep the victims' deaths apolitical.

"In Norway, we just had a memorial to our national tragedy, July 22 of last year. The most important thing is to get together," she said, referring to the 2011 Utøya massacre by a right-wing gunman. "You want to keep the memory of those victims sacred."

Over and over again, though, audience members and participants told Patch that they wanted to commemorate what they said was a moment where Americans overcame their political differences to stand together as a country.

"It's so out of character for me to even be at something like this," Gray said. "But today, it feels ok to wave the flag and be grateful for that coming together."

Achim September 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
What I found most disturbing is the 9/11 tribute Minneapolis Bandshell is also “a celebration of America's strength” according to Mary Helmbrecht a Minnesota 9-11 Tribute Board Member. In the last few days we have seen what that kind of thing can lead to in Yemen, Egypt, Syria and Libya and other countries Jane comment pointed out “@ David Krieg Now I get it, you are a perfect example of what is really going on here, and the 9/11 Tribute Concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Southwest Minneapolis Minnesota Linden Hills neighborhood. You go to a concert and the next day you say: “I felt like it showed strength and communicated that we are still a United States of America when you harm us. The same ideologically-driven savages perpetrated a similar crime, the murdering of innocent people, while we were gathered in remembrance. In my opinion, it's way too early to end the tribute” In the “while we were gathered statement.” You are referring to the massive Anti-American protest in Egypt, Syria and Libya, and other countries yesterday on 9/11” “@ mary helmbrecht “ a celebration of America's strength!!” THANK YOU – you both showed what this “concert really is” it has a United States of America vs. Them theme. You gather and think you “showed strength” of the United States of America, They (Egypt, Syria and Libya and other countries, ) gather and think they showed strength” This can lead to bad things. I wish Peace be with you and to everyone
mary helmbrecht September 13, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Just a couple clarifications.... Apparently my use of the word "strength" is being taken completely taken out of context. Our Country's Pledge of Allegiance says "One Nation Under God, Indivisible"... our "strength" is our ability to come together as one Nation in the face of adversity and show our resiliency when our Nation and our Nation's people are attacked and threatened. The other point of contention that seems to be a major dispute is the amount of people at Lake Harriet Bandshell. I can tell by the photos James attached, that the crowd photos were taken BEFORE the event-during our rehearsal just prior to the concert---Karla (one of our conductors) didn't change her clothes until the concert . If you saw the Fox 9 News video you can see the huge amount of crowd we did have.
Najeeb September 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Your explanation of using “a celebration of America's strength!!” is the same explanation the massive protesters are currently using in Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Libya and other countries. Especially when you bring in your God to justify it. They feel the same way that the United States of America is attacking them, and they are justified in their actions by their God and Prophet. I don’t think I could explain this to you, just as I don’t think I could explain this t the protesters in these countries. Please think about it for a few days, see what is going on in the Middle East, and try to open your heart for the truth. Your explanation “Apparently my use of the word "strength" is being taken completely taken out of context. Our Country's Pledge of Allegiance says "One Nation Under God, Indivisible"... our "strength" is our ability to come together as one Nation in the face of adversity and show our resiliency when our Nation and our Nation's people are attacked and threatened.” Crowd numbers was never really a point of contention. I think if Jane had it to do over she would have said the crowd was half the size of last year and related that to the trends around the country and in New York. Al said “@ James I too agree everything Jane wrote. Her estimates of crowd size may be a little off, but that is immaterial, inconsequential and does not matter.” Others said “And it's not central to Jane's point” I also wish Peace be with you and to everyone.
Najeeb September 13, 2012 at 06:28 PM
@ mary helmbrecht If you want to know what influence the concert has on some people look at the Jane’s comments about comments David Krieg made Jane’s comments about comments David Krieg made “@ David Krieg Now I get it, you are a example of what is going on here, and the 9/11 Tribute Concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Southwest Minneapolis Minnesota Linden Hills neighborhood. You go to a concert and wave your American flags, and the next day you say: “I felt like it showed strength and communicated that we are still a United States of America when you harm us. The same ideologically-driven savages perpetrated a similar crime, the murdering of innocent people, while we were gathered in remembrance. In my opinion, it's way too early to end the tribute.” In the “while we were gathered statement.” You are referring to the massive Anti-American protest in Egypt, Syria and Libya, and other countries yesterday on 9/11.” This is America and everyone has free speech but David Krieg used some inflammatory rhetoric. Please think about it for a few days, see what is going on in the Middle East, and try to open your heart for the truth. Peace Be Upon Him, I also wish Peace be with you and to everyone.
Put a little love in your heart September 15, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Let’s all get along in PEACE and HARMONY and the World will be a better place. Sing this song Put A Little Love In Your Heart Think of your fellow man Lend him a helping hand Put a little love in your heart You see it's getting late Oh please don't hesitate Put a little love in your heart And the world will be a better place And the world will be a better place For you and me You just wait and see Another day goes by And still the children cry Put a little love in your heart If you want the world to know We won't let hatred grow Put a little love in your heart And the world will be a better place And the world will be a better place For you and me You just wait and see Wait and see Take a good look around And if you're looking' down Put a little love in your heart I hope when you decide Kindness will be your guide Put a little love in your heart And the world will be a better place And the world will be a better place For you and me You just wait and see Put a little love in your heart, Put a little love in your heart, Put a little love in your heart

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