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Duluth honors victims with memorials

A memorial will remain up in front of the Duluth Police Station for the next two months in remembrance of the police officers and firefighters still missing at the World Trade Center.

A memorial will remain up in front of the Duluth Police Station for the next two months in remembrance of the police officers and firefighters still missing at the World Trade Center.
The memorial was dedicated with a large wreath in one of two ceremonies Thursday, as Duluth marked the one-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. It stands near the Fourth Avenue West entrance to City Hall.
Earlier in the day, Mayor Gary Doty dedicated a park bench on the Baydeck at Bayfront Festival Park in memory of the victims. After the dedication, the mayor and representatives of the police and fire departments placed a wreath in Lake Superior.
"Bayfront Festival Park has always been known as the people's gathering place," Doty said. "I can think of no more fitting location for the citizens of Duluth to remember their fellow Americans than here on this spot."
An hour later, the city's police force gathered for a memorial service in honor of the law enforcement officers who died Sept. 11. Doty, Police Chief Scott Lyons and Rev. Arthur Foy were the speakers.
"Far too many of these heroes lost their lives when the building came down," Doty said. "I believe that through their loss many have come to know the meaning of being a police or fire officer. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten."
"Today we remember and honor about 50 police and 300 firemen still missing in the attack," said Lyons, who recalled the past loss of one of Duluth's own officers in the line of duty.
"The Bible says we can lift up our heads and be proud," Foy said. "Still lift up your heads and be proud Americans."
"We've gained a new perspective about the things that are really important in the wake of these attacks," Doty said. "We have gained a new, well-deserved respect for our emergency workers. And above all, we have come together as a nation to stand up for what we believe in.
"These events of today, while modest, show our determination as a community to stand up and be counted as our nation struggles against terror."

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