Helena – The Montana Department of Justice held a ceremony Sunday to honor those who died 21 years ago on September 11, 2001.
Montana first responders, veterans, members of the Montana Highway Patrol and elected leaders gathered in the rotunda of the Montana State Capitol to commemorate the unity the country felt in the wake of the attack.
Keynote speakers at the event included U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Fire Chief Helena Jon Campbell. The blessing was presided over by Montana Supreme Court Clerk Bowen Greenwood.
In his remarks, Knudsen said he hopes future generations never have to experience such a tragedy to experience the patriotism and purpose that many felt after the attack.
“Thank you for joining us today to honor the lives lost in these attacks,” Knudsen said. “May we never forget.”
That day, hijackers took control of four commercial planes which crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an open space in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people.