MAKEOVER Pentagon flag to be raised at Rochester armory

From staff reports

A U.S. flag that flew over the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks two years ago will be raised at the National Guard Armory here Thursday morning.

The flag-raising will be during a ceremony on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, which killed thousands of people, downed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, caused a plane to be flown into the Pentagon and another to crash in a Pennsylvania field.

The service, which is open to the public, will begin at 8:30 a.m. near the flagpole of the National Guard Armory on Marion Road. There will also be a prayer by a chaplain and a short speech by an infantry company commander.

The flag being raised is one of 161 that flew over the Pentagon that day. The flags were distributed to Army reserve centers in the 88th Army Reserve Command. The 88th has headquarters in Fort Snelling and has thousands of reservists assigned to more than 130 units located in communities throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Dakota.

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