Quiet observance to mark second anniversary of I-35W Bridge collapse on Aug. 1

Governor Tim Pawlenty and Mayor R.T. Rybak are inviting all Minnesotans to observe a moment of silence at 6:05 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, the second anniversary collapse of the Interstate 35W Bridge to remember the victims, first responders, and all those affected.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 is also being proclaimed as "Interstate 35W Bridge Memorial Day" in Minnesota by Governor Pawlenty and flags will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol complex from sunrise to sunset that day. 

Governor Pawlenty and Mayor Rybak unveiled a memorial design last year and are now in the process of recruiting leaders to serve on a fundraising committee, to help raise just over $1 million to build the I-35W Bridge Remembrance Garden in Gold Medal Park. To date, around $200,000 has already been raised from corporations and individuals. 

More information is available at the I-35W Bridge Remembrance Garden website. The garden will be a tribute to the indomitable, supportive, and courageous spirit that was exhibited on that tragic day. 

July 30, 2009

Published Jul. 30, 2009