Nearly 3,000 American flags – one for every victim, emergency responder and military member who lost their life on Sept. 11, 2001, are assembled in the shape of the New York twin towers buildings in the open field at the entrance of the park.
Cadets from Forest High School ROTC will arrive at 4 PM on Thursday, September 7 to begin setting the American flags in place. The memorial display includes 110 strategically placed rows of flags that stretch across 55 feet.
Justin Baxley of Highland Memorial Park and Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services said this, “Our desire is to present a unique and healing opportunity to unite members of our community, to remember those who lost their lives, and to appreciate our military and first-responders.”
This tribute is not a new occurrence at Highland Memorial Park, in fact many locals make it a point to come into the park each year to pay their respects and admire the beauty and symbolism of the display. “I can still remember where I was and what I was doing that day,” Rick Smith of Belleview, said. “I like to bring my family here to see the flags and say a prayer for the families of those who lost someone.”
Highland Memorial Park is open from dawn to dusk each day and the display will remain in place through Wednesday, September 13.
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