WALHALLA, N.D.-Daughter of Dakota, a special program honoring the legacy of Ann Nicole Nelson, a North Dakota native who was killed at the World Trade Center in the 9/11 attack, will be held Friday in Walhalla.
The event, which begins at 5 p.m. in the Walhalla Public Library, will feature Nelson's mother, Jenette, reading the book "The Story of Annie" she wrote after her daughter's death.
A native of Stanley, the 30-year-old Nelson was working for the Cantor Fitzgerald investment firm on the 104th floor of the WTC's North Tower on 9/11.
She is one of two native North Dakotans known to have died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The other is James Halvorson, a 1963 graduate of Devils Lake High School.
The program is co-sponsored by The New York Says Thank You Foundation (NYSTY), the STARS OF HOPE, the Friends of Annie's House at the Bottineau (N.D.) Winter Park, the Anne Carlsen Center of Jamestown, the Walhalla Public Library and the Walhalla Brush Bunch.
While the program begins at 5 p.m., the public is invited to paint a "Star of Hope" between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Gorge Art Gallery.
Hosted by the Walhalla Brush Bunch, the stars will be sent to a community devastated by a natural disaster or other tragic circumstances as a way to pay it forward through community service.
A program featuring the same presenters also will be held for Walhalla's third, fourth and fifth graders this Friday at 1:30 pm in the Walhalla Elementary School's Old Gym.
After 9/11, The New York Says Thank You Foundation was formed to help volunteers and corporations transform tragedy into hope through numerous national and international projects and events.
One of the projects was the building of Annie's House, an adaptive ski lodge at Bottineau Winter Park where Ann Nelson skied as a child.
Annie's House was designed for skiers with physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as for "Wounded Warriors" who were injured in recent combat missions.
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