Memorials include prayer service, riverfront ceremony and procession


On Friday, Aug. 1, at 6:05 p.m., many across the city, state and country will take a moment to silently reflect and pay tribute to the victims of the collapse of the I-35W bridge.

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. Construction of the new bridge will cease from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and several public memorial events are planned, including a prayer service at the Basilica of St. Mary at 11 a.m., and a gathering at Gold Medal Park in Downtown East, beginning at 4:30 p.m, followed by a procession of first responders from Gold Medal Park onto the Stone Arch Bridge.

Metro Transit is offering rides to members of the public wishing to attend the memorial event at Gold Medal Park. Passes can be download at “”: for use on Metro Transit buses and trains between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1. Two additional Park and Ride locations will also be available; service will leave every 15 minutes from the I-35W & Industrial Boulevard Park & Ride and Dunwoody College of Technology park and ride sites. (The last trips from each will leave at 4:30 p.m., with return trips beginning around 6:30 p.m.

Details on the memorial events are as follows, as provided by the city and state:

Interfaith Prayer and Memorial Service
11 a.m.–noon
Basilica of St. Mary
88 N. 17th St.

Free public parking is available at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College parking ramp east of the Basilica.

Outdoor Memorial Ceremony, followed by procession to Stone Arch Bridge
4:30 p.m.– 6:15 p.m.
Gold Medal Park 

10th Avenue South and South Second Street

Performers for the ceremony will include:

Sounds of Remembrance musicians playing instruments from different cultures in remembrance of those who were lost
Church of St Joseph Choir
Lou Bellamy, founder and Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company

Folk singer Cathy DeCheine, performing Ordinary Workday, written in the aftermath of the bridge tragedy

Zenon Dance Company, performing Blessing of the Earth, featuring Kodo Drummers of Japan
Gospel singer Tom Tipton
The Emerald Society Bagpipe Group
Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

At approximately 5:30 p.m., a procession will walk from Gold Medal Park to the Stone Arch Bridge.

(Traffic note: During the ceremony, West River Parkway will be closed from Portland Avenue to 13th Avenue South, and 11th Avenue South will be closed from Washington Avenue to West River Parkway.)