Roger Reinert, interim executive director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, is one of eight Minnesotans selected by Gov. Tim Walz to serve on a new post-9/11 taskforce.
As the 20th anniversary of the attacks approaches, the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs formed a taskforce to remember and record the Minnesota experience since Sept. 11, 2001.
The taskforce's public members were selected for their interest in conducting public history programs and their personal experience with the events of 9/11 or the resulting deployments of military service, a news release from the DECC said.
Reinert is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a post-9/11 combat veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2018-19.
“I’m honored to serve," Reinert said in the news release. “9/11 was an event that personally changed my life, and has for many other veterans and their families. None more so than the families who sent a loved one overseas to never return.”
Members of the taskforce, led by Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Herke, will serve two-year appointments. It also includes one member each from the House of Representatives and Senate, two Department of Veterans Affairs staff and a member from the Minnesota Military Museum.