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One year later

A moment of reflection and the tolling of bells will be part of Duluth's day of remembering Sept. 11. Wednesday has been declared Patriot Day by President George W. Bush.

A moment of reflection and the tolling of bells will be part of Duluth's day of remembering Sept. 11. Wednesday has been declared Patriot Day by President George W. Bush.

The Duluth Public Schools will participate in the statewide Moment of Reflection, Remembrance and Hope at 10 a.m.

Mayor Gary Doty has asked that bells across the city toll at noon as the city starts its official Sept. 11 observance.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, Holy Rosary School will conduct a prayer memorial honoring the victims of the attacks. In addition, many area churches have scheduled special memorial services and prayer vigils throughout the day. (See Page C5.)

With their observance, local public school students will join nearly a million students and educators across the state. Education organizations had requested the governor's office proclaim the moment of reflection. In response Gov. Jesse Ventura issued a proclamation.

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It states in part, " ... It is benefiting for all school children to pause and reflect upon these events in appreciation of the sacrifices of these victims and heroes, and in determination to strive to protect America's freedoms, and to enthusiastically envision a positive future where citizens can learn, grow and pursue their dreams ...."

Along with observing this special moment, each school is choosing its own way to commemorate the anniversary. Some will conduct special lessons, discussions and other age-appropriate activities.

The city's event will start at 11:55 a.m. at Bayfront Festival Park. There will be introductory music by the Duluth Central High School Band, presentation of the colors, the National Anthem and an invocation by Father John Petrich.

After prayers by Rabbi Amy Bernstein and the Rev. Elizabeth Olm, there will introductions and comments by the mayor. Lt. Col. Charles Woods, who was in the Pentagon during the attacks, will be the special guest speaker.

Weather permitting, there will be an F-16 flyover by the 148th Fighter Wing, then retiring of the colors.

"Everyone in Duluth and the surrounding area is invited to attend this event," Doty said. "We hope it will be a memorable expression of patriotism and a fitting way to remember the victims of terrorism on our shores."

The event will last about an hour. The mayor said anyone wishing to place flowers by the large flagpole near the stage may do so.

"The event is not about any one person, or to present any one group as special," Doty said. "The event is about Americans and how we must remain united as a nation to defeat terror."

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Leading up to Wednesday, President Bush declared this weekend --Friday through Sunday -- as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.

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