Bridge collapse anniversary
Fri, 01 Aug 2008 13:36:32 GMT —
MINNEAPOLIS - Memorial services will be held in Minneapolis to remember the 13 people killed one year ago today when a major highway bridge buckled and fell into the Mississippi River.
A new bridge is almost finished, but it's not so easy to repair the lives of 145 people who were injured in the collapse. One survivor, Karge Olsen, suffered a brain injury and has undergone a sixth operation for broken bones in his foot. He's written a book titled "Bridges Don't Fall Down," with hopes of raising money to help surviving victims.
Today's remembrance includes an interfaith memorial service, with chanting Buddhist monks, drumming Native Americans, and the wailing of bagpipes. Emergency responders will march across the bridge, and then at 6:05 p.m., a moment of silence, and then the tolling of bells to honor each of the 13 victims.