We Will Never Forget: The Flags of Valor Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

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  • The Flags of Valor is a display in Forest Park in remembrance of all those first responders who lost their lives on September 9, 2001 as well as military members who have lost their lives in the line of duty since then. The display will remain on Art Hill until Monday, Sep. 13 when the flags will be removed and sent to the families of each person being honored.

  • Signs at the front of the display show pictures of each person being honored along with their name, rank and where they were stationed. Loved ones clustered around the signs to find names of the fallen.

  • Beginning on Friday, Sept. 10, the names of each person being admired were read aloud. The National Anthem was then sung by Jackie Smith and was followed by a performance of Taps. As each name was read, a bell was rung and a military service person would salute the fallen.

  • Dogs tags and individual photos of the people being honored hung from each flag in the display. The dog tags, for those who were first responders, instead listed which branch of response they worked for.

  • The flags, when caught in the wind, flew above the heads of the people admiring the display creating a sea of red, white and blue.

  • A wreath adorned with red, white, and blue flowers stood near the top of Art Hill with signs explaining the display.

  • The annual March to the Arch is a 21-mile walk that commemorates those who lost their lives in 9/11. This year, as part of a tribute, the walk made a stop at the Flags of Valor display on Art Hill.

  • A young child taped a note to a memorial flag thanking those who lost their lives in order to protect our country.

  • The display has over 7,500 flags stretching across the entirety of Art Hill.

  • Flags of Valor volunteers took charge in setting up the display, and these same volunteers will be the ones removing the flags.

  • Above the display at the top of Art Hill, a large flag hung off of the Art Museum itself. Stationed across the street from the museum were booths explaining the significance of the display and honoring the fallen.

  • Small pink flowers decorated the base of many flags in memoriam of those who lost their lives.

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