I-35W Bridge Remembrance memorial unveiled

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August 1, 2011 // UPDATED 10:13 am - August 2, 2011
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Loved ones of the 13 people killed in the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse read tributes to their deceased relatives and friends at the dedication of the Remembrance Garden near Gold Medal Park on Monday.

The memorial, designed by Oslund and Associates, features 13 pillars with the names of the people who died in the tragedy Aug. 1, 2007. The columns our illuminated at night with LED lights. The garden also has a wall listing the names of 171 survivors of the collapse.

Mayor R.T. Rybak called the memorial “our common ground.”

“On that terrible day four years ago, we made a promise that we would build this memorial so that we would never forget,” he said at the ceremony. “Today, this Remembrance Garden becomes a part of the fabric of our city and ensures that we will always remember.”

The memorial dedication event concluded with a moment of silence at 6:05 p.m. — the exact time the bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River.