Hundreds of mourners paid their final respects on Friday to a proud Army officer and devoted husband and dad. At 38, Lt. Col. Mark Weber was on the fast track for a successful military career. But the story of his unexpected journey would reach far beyond the halls of the Pentagon. “He was a scholar. He was just a joy to be around, very inspirational,” says Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, spokesperson for the Minnesota National Guard.
The women who make up 16 percent of the Minnesota National Guard are waiting to see if they’ll be assigned to combat units.
The thought of going an entire day without political campaigning out respect of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 was a nice and extremely appropriate thought. However, disappointing to many, it wasn’t the respectful day totally without political bickering that was expected by many who were watching and listening.
Eighteen years in the U.S. Army earned Lt. Col. Mark Weber a chest full of medals and military commendations, from airborne wings to foreign engagement ribbons.
Larry McTighe was thrilled during his tour in the military to get a job as a sports photographer with an emphasis on Nascar — something the Air Force sponsored but that also meant the Minnesota native had an office, at the Pentagon in September of 2001.
Tributes across the nation and the state honored all that’s happened in 10 years since the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001.
Gov. Mark Dayton, a former U.S. Senator who was in Washington D.C. on 9/11, told WCCO-TV about that day 10 years ago in a wide-ranging and candid interview.