ST. PAUL -- Governor Pawlenty has declared Thursday Patriot Day in Minnesota on the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Pawlenty has ordered all U.S. and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff on state property today from sunrise until sunset.
The governor will be in Winona Thursday to speak at the dedication of the 9/11 Unity Monument "Heroes Among Us." The dedication culminates a three-year fund drive to place a memorial in Winona to honor the victims, survivors and first responders of the September 11th terror attacks.
In Bloomington, a special ecumenical service will be held today in honor of Bloomington native Thomas Burnett Jr. Burnett helped lead the passenger revolt on hijacked United Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania on 9/11.
The service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Church of St. Edward in Bloomington.
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