Memorial Service Honors Sen. Paul Wellstone, Other Victims

Posted at: 10/10/2012 10:19 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 7:37 AM
By: Naomi Pescovitz

This month marks a decade since the plane crash that killed U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone. Seven others also lost their lives in the crash on October 25th, 2002, including Wellstone's wife, Sheila and daughter, Marcia.

On Wednesday night, hundreds gathered to remember and honor their lives during a ceremony at Macalaster College.

"My dad had that quote, "Never separate the words you speak from the deeds you do," and that was pretty evident in his whole life," Paul Wellstone's son, David, said during the ceremony. 

Wellstone was remembered as a politician and teacher who inspired others.

"He taught them to care, and he taught them to make a difference. And what better thing can you leave as a legacy than to make a difference," said Elaine Savick, a Wellstone supporter from St. Louis Park.

Ten years later, the Wellstones are also remembered at the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center in St. Paul.

"Regardless of your political affiliation, people are coming here for assistance, there's people coming here that are renting this facility, to have their meetings and their events and there are people that come in literally off the streets that need help," said Armando Camacho, President of Neighborhood House, the organization based at the Wellstone Center.

Neighborhood house runs Ramsey County's biggest single site food shelf, providing more than 3,000 pounds of food a day.

"As Senator always used to say, we all do better, when we all do better," Camacho said.

Jeff Blodgett, who ran Wellstone's campaigns, also remembers something Wellstone used to say as a politician.

"If you don't like what you see, you have to get involved. The future does not belong to people who stand on the sidelines," Blodgett said.

There will be another event on the 10-year anniversary in Eveleth, Minn., which is the site of the plane crash. A third event will take place in November in Washington, D.C.