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TEN YEARS LATER... Commemorative 9/11 events in DL

Though it may not have been a "local" event, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 had an impact on every U.S. citizen.

As the tenth anniversary of that tragic day nears, several area communities are planning special commemorative events -- and Detroit Lakes is no exception.

Country singer-songwriter John Berry will be giving a special "Tribute to 9/11" patriotic concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for that concert are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and free to all veterans, military and service personnel. For more information, call 218-844-SHOW (7469), visit the website,, or stop by the Holmes Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

A little earlier in the day, at 1 p.m., Berry will also be at Eksjo Lutheran Church in Lake Park, for a special outdoor concert in honor of the church's 140th anniversary.

Though this spiritually themed concert is free and open to the public, there will be a free will offering taken to help the church cover expenses for Berry's visit.

The Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead will also be hosting a special commemorative program on Sept. 11, presented by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland will be present to give a few remarks and the Center for Interfaith Projects board members will lead a healing prayer in a number of faith traditions.

The event is free and open to the public, and will mark the closing of the exhibit, "Aftermath: Images from Ground Zero: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz," an historic, photographic record of the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 tragedy and the neighborhood as it evolved.

The Hjemkomst Center is located at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead. For more information call 218-299-5511.

In Fargo, the F-M Community Theatre will present a special, one-day-only show, "United: The Heroes of Flight 93," at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Written by local playwright David Lassig, the play tells the story of 40 courageous passengers on a flight hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001 -- and how those passengers risked their lives to prevent the plane from reaching its intended target.

Tickets for this show are $16 in advance, $20 at the door for adults; $12 in advance, $14 at the door for seniors and students age 13 and up; or $6 in advance, $8 at the door for children ages 6-12. Group discount rates are available. Call 701-235-6778 for more information.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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