LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Members of the community gathered in Riverside Park Wednesday evening to remember those who perished in the 9/11 tragedy.
Operation Homefront and Logistics Health hosted the Freedom Walk at the park.
The ceremony continues the tradition of reflection on the events of 9/11 as well as renewing the commitment to freedom and the values of our country. The event also honored veterans along with emergency services personnel.
During the ceremony, Operation Homefront's Patti Lokken invited everyone to come up and touch a piece of twisted steel from the World Trade Center on display in order to feel a personal connection to the tragedy.
Afterwards, the group walked a one mile route through the downtown area.
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Operation Homefront is hosting Freedom Walk today (09/11) in Riverside Park to commemorate the 11th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
The one-mile walk will begin and end in Riverside Park in downtown La Crosse. Those wishing to take part can register on-site at 4:00 PM, the walk will begin following a short program at 5:15 PM. Registration is required.
The September 11th attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the al-Qaeda. Four passenger airlines were hijacked by 19 terrorists. They were flown into various buildings as suicide attacks.
Two of those planes, crashed into the North and South towers at the World Trade Center. Within two hours, both towers collapsed. A third plane crashed into the Pentagon, leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane was targeted at Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.
In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks. Ceremonies around the country will be held to commemorate the lives lost.
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