American flags will fly this Labor Day Weekend in remembrance of veterans and those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers, the U.S. Pentagon, and Flight 93. The event will be held in Huntingtin, located west of Charleston.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. According to the book Radical Islam: What You Need to Know, 2,750 people died in the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and paramedics; 23 New York City police officers; and 37 Port Authority officers. When the Pentagon was attacked, 125 military personnel were killed, along with 64 airplane passengers. Forty-five died aboard United Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania.
Local organizers of the event hope to fly 3,000 American flags on several acres at Spring Hill Cemetery; flags will be erected at the cemetery during Labor Day Weekend and removed following September 11.
Flags cost $35 each, with proceeds split between the Healing Field Foundation and the Foundation for the Tri-State Community. The Foundation for the Tri-State Community will manage the funds raised to help the Huntington Park and Recreation District build a bell tower at the cemetery, which will serve as a connector on the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.
The final day to order a Healing Field flag is tomorrow, September 1. Orders may be placed at Huntington’s Kitchen, 911 3rd Avemue, Huntington, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 304-840-2500 or 304-522-0887.
Source: The Herald-Dispatch