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Louisville Honors the 10th Anniversary of September 11

There will be several events around Louisville on Sunday for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

The city’s “American Freedom” event is at 2:00 at the Great Lawn in Waterfront Park. Gov. Steve Beshear, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Greg Fischer are expected to be in attendance.

A steel beam from the World Trade Center will be dedicated to the city. It will be escorted by bagpipers and Louisville police officers and firefighters. The event will also feature a 21-gun salute and a flyover from the Kentucky Air National Guard. Citizens can participate in the “Freedom Walk” and are invited to help carry the 60-foot American flag displayed at Thunder Over Louisville.

The city will also participate in the national Moment of Remembrance at 1:00. Officials say people are free to express themselves however they wish for the one minute, though a moment of silence is traditional in remembering and honoring those who lost their lives in the attacks.

All TARC vehicles will also honor this event by pulling over at 1:00, then resuming the regular schedule at 1:01.

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Louisville Prepares for 10th Anniversary of September 11

This Sunday will be the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93.

Louisville is one of ten U.S. cities receiving a piece of the World Trade Center for permanent display. The beam is expected to be dedicated on Sunday’s Waterfront Park event at 2 pm.

In preparation, Fred Moore is calling for volunteers to help contribute to the September 11th honorary dedication. Moore is the director of the National Flags for Veterans’ Graves program, which is non-profit organization that asks volunteers to help honor veterans who have sacrificed their lives for the country. For the last five years. flags have been placed near veterans’ graves across the U.S, said Moore.

“Louisville has become a very patriotic city. And every single time for five years we have had all of the volunteers we’ve needed to perform our tasks and do the job the way we thought it ought to be done,” he said.

Last year flags were placed on the graves of veterans in 28 states, he said. This Sunday, volunteers will help create a large visual display downtown.

“We’ve asked for several hundred volunteers to come down to the great lawn at the waterfront to help us spell out USA with 25,000 great flags,” said Moore.

Louisville’s main branch library has also opened an exhibit displaying photographs taken from people in New York City on September 11. The exhibit will be on display until the end of the month.

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For Pitino Family, bin Laden Death Brings Sense Of Closure

The news that Osama bin Laden was killed by American forces in Pakistan Sunday night was especially comforting to University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his family.     

Among those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center was Billy Minardi (right), who worked for the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

He was the brother of Joanne Pitino-the coach’s wife-and a close friend of Rick Pitino since high school.

Rick Pitino says Sunday’s news brought back the horrific memories of 9/11 but also gave the family a sense of closure knowing that the mastermind of the plot was put to death.

“It’s not the end of the idealogy of what needs to change in the Middle Eastern culture but it certainly puts to rest a person that was behind all of those sickening things that happened to so many people on 9/11,” he said today.

Pitino says Minardi was among those who urged him to take the U of L coaching job.   A residence hall on the Belknap Campus is named in his honor.

Click on the button below to hear Pitino’s entire statement.

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