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State marks 9/11 with climbs, monument dedication

Fire fighters other first responders receive applause as they wind their way through seats Parkview Field baseball stadium Fort Wayne

Fire fighters and other first responders receive applause as they wind their way through the seats at Parkview Field baseball stadium in Fort Wayne, Indiana Sunday, Sept 11, 2011. The 9/11 Stair Climb memorial walk started at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. About 400 people attended the event. (AP Photo, The Journal Gazette - Samuel Hoffman)

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Updated: September 11, 2011 11:19PM

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — Indiana residents marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with prayers, touching fragments of beams recovered from the World Trade Center, and by climbing stairs like the firefighters who went up the doomed towers that day.

At Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers, Indiana Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger and more than 500 other people watched 100 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts set 1,000 flags 5 feet apart in a “healing field.”

“It represents America,” said scout Anna White, 13, of Fishers.

Among those watching were Marine veteran Josh Bleill, 34, of Carmel, who lost both legs in a roadside blast while serving in Iraq on Oct. 15, 2006.

“What makes this a great nation is the American flag and what it stands for,” he said. “It stands for the freedoms that we have and the love that we have for this nation.”

At Purdue University’s Ross-Ade Stadium at in West Lafayette and Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, firefighters and police officers were among hundreds of people who climbed stairs to mark the sacrifices of those when went up the twin towers of the World Trade Center after hijacked jetliners struck them.

A new memorial with two beams from the twin towers was dedicated between a fire station and the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis. Others gathered to touch remnants of beams at Riehle Plaza in Lafayette and at Indianapolis International Airport near Plainfield.

Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups were among the sponsors of an interfaith prayer and service project at Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis.

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