MINOT, N.D. - On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the country reflects back on those who were lost, the first responders who risked their lives, and the events that happened on that early morning in New York.
In North Dakota, we may be 1,700 miles away, but that day's events affected many here at home. One of which is Paul Strokelund who severed 30 years in the North Dakota National Guard. He was part of the MSU ceremony held Tuesday.
"A lot of people, 9/11 means different things for. That is one where the rest of my career, was defined that day. We had always trained to fight, but it's not a European war. It's not an Asian war. Here we are going to Iraq and we are going to Afghanistan,” said Paul Strokelund the MSU Veterans Center Academic coordinator.
As a result of 9/11, Stroklund's life changed forever.
"My unit was deployed to Iraq for a year. And, through the units in North Dakota, units from Minot that went, some of my fellow friends and soldiers didn't make it home. So, that has really kind of shaped my life and shaped my family's life,” said Strokelund.
Strokelund says that 9/11 is not only a day we can never forget, but it is an event we can never let happen again.