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Paul Rode and Friends Return to Overpass to Mark 11th 9/11 Anniversary

Hudson business owner and philanthropist Paul Rode is spending 24 hours waving the American flag on the Stagecoach Trail overpass over I-94 to help passing motorists remember the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Paul Rode, then a restaurant manager at , was so moved by the events that he went to , bought an American flag and began waving it on a freeway overpass.

Over the past 11 years, Rode has advanced in his career. He now owns and . He still buys a flag every year and returns to an Interstate 94 overpass and spends time waving the flag to passing motorists. All 11 of his flags for the years 2001-2011 now hang in his garage.

Just as he did last year, Rode and friends will wave flags on the Stagecoach Trail overpass over Interstate-94 for 24 hours. Firetrucks and EMS vehicles from area emergency services agencies are scheduled to drive past the flag wavers at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

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What do you do to remember 9/11?: Tell us in the comments.

RCrist September 12, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I live right by stagecoach and 94. Great site to see, I salute his efforts. Woke at 2AM to trucks honking and thought - 'Sept 11, the guy is waving his flag!' People have been honking non stop all day.
Lisa Anderson September 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
As a military mom, I got that lump in my throut kind of proud when I drove by. Thank You!
Evjen Rattara September 12, 2012 at 04:20 AM
It seems Chief Foley is the judge, juror and executioner on what is patriotic and what is not. That my family’s sacrifice is not worthy of publication. That if we do not grab a flag and join in we are not Americans. What we should never do is forget. The image of 911 our generation should always carry, as our forefathers did Pearl Harbor or their fathers the Lusitania. The people who gave their lives so Chief Foley could have a Patch, and speech would not be limited by censorship.
Micheal Foley September 12, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Not sure what you're talking about again, Evjen. What censorship do think is taking place now?
Micheal Foley September 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I just added a link to WCCO's story about this.
Missy Couch September 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Wow! Way to go! Thank you for doing this Paul and team!

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