National Night Out turns into moment of remembrance

6:20 AM, Aug 8, 2007   |    comments
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Minneapolis has traditionally observed the National Night Out in record numbers. But this year, it was different. This year, neighborhoods throughout the city took time to honor those lost in the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse. "This was a wonderful way for me to participate," said Rita McDonald, who was attending the NNO event in her Riverside Park neighborhood. Neighbors there walked to the Mississippi River, where they prayed, sang and had a moment of silence for the victims of the disaster. Throughout the city at 6:05 p.m., people observed the moment of silence, including a group of families of the missing and dead. "It was incredibly powerful," Mayor R.T. Rybak said. Rybak said family members were comforted by knowing that people around the city were remembering them in their thoughts and prayer. Church bells also rang out at 6:05 in memory of the victims. Eight people remain missing under the collapsed bridge. Governor Pawlenty has ordered all state flags lowered to half staff Wednesday to mark the one week anniversary of the bridge collapse.

By Karla Hult, KARE 11 News

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