3,100 American Flags are set; Ceremonies slated for Sept. 11

The 9th annual Memorial Field of Flags has been placed by volunteers for the 9/11 memorial service at Warren County Memorial Park.

There will be two memorial services on Thursday, Sept. 11, the first at 8:30 a.m. to honor first repsonders and the second at 6 p.m. to honor the U.S. Armed Forces. A memorial motorcycle run led by the Patriot Guard Riders will leave the Warren Mall at 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed ay 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, to place candles for the Mile of Candles, a luminary lighting at Warren County Memorial Park that will start on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

The Civil Air Patrol will hold a Missing Man presentation at the evening service and the Memorial Candle will be lit during the evening in memory of Dan Wolboldt.

Ruth Seebeck of Warren County Memorial Park said the 3,100 flags are planted because, “It’s important to remember where we come from and remember the almost 3,000 people who were killed though no fault of their own because of terrorists, and it’s important to remember the reason we went to Iraq and Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf is because of that event. Politics aside, we went because they came here first.”

The memorial, now in its ninth year, has had a “very positive” response, she said.

“People come in and thank us for the privilege of putting the flags in place. It’s very moving to stand on that grassy hill and see that field come together and stand in the midst of those 3,100 flags – 3,000 of them because of 9/11. An extra row is in memory of the first responders, the first people on site who were just trying to help…a lot of them are either deceased or have cancers and other illnesses because of that toxic exposure right after 9/11,” Seebeck said.

The Field of Flags began on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 in 2006. Almost 30 people helped set up the Field of Flags on Saturday, Seebeck said.

“It’s a privilege to honor the people who have given up their lives, their family time to service others. And whether that’s commitment to the military or that’s when the siren sounds on Christmas Eve or at 3 o’clock in the morning, or whenever. They drop everything it doesn’t matter what they are doing they respond to those sirens,” Seebeck said.