Man Returns to Interstate 94 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.

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

Woodbury Patch coverage from the 10th anniversary:

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