Americans are honoring and remembering today -- the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001 when planes brought down the World Trade Towers in New York -- struck the Pentagon -- and went down in a remote Pennsylvania field.
As time has passed, September 11th has become a day when Americans are called to serve others.
That was certainly happening today at a site designed to bring help to those in need.
Hope Village -- established after the flood of 2011, has helped hundreds...today it got a bit of help too.
Perry Olson shows us what was happening.
A site created to help -- can always use a little of its own too...and that was the case this September 11th...
(Travis Klein - Bishop Ryan Senior) "Priest said it was a service day and we are here helping out the people who are helping us."
Travis Klein and his senior classmates from Bishop Ryan spent the day here -- moving -- cleaning -- doing anything asked of them to get Hope Village picked up after a busy summer...
(Jadin Heidrich - Bishop Ryan Senior) "Just knowing that we can be there that we can help those in need who help us out." (Marina Abel - Bishop Ryan Senior) "My group is doing lots of lifting...everyone else seems to be cleaning!" (Travis Klein - Bishop Ryan Senior) "We are cleaning out the trailers...dusting...mopping...cleaning and moving stuff around. Doing what we are told to do...yeah!" (Rev. Paul Krueger - Our Savior Lutheran Church) "It is a heart warming thing to see this passed on to the next generation, that service and volunteerism and serving your fellow man has become a part of our fabric."
It is a good cleaning that was needed at a site that has served as a base for hundreds who have flocked to an area in need...not unlike 11 years ago
(Steve Carbno - Hope Village Coordinator) "People are coming to Hope Village from all over the country just like they did in NY. The need is here and people see it and they step up."
Just like these Lion seniors did today...at Hope Village -- Perry Olson, KX News.
Hope Village will close down for the winter -- but work in town on flooded homes will still continue Carbno says, then in the spring, the camp will open once again to continue the rebuilding process in the Mouse River Valley.