Monday marks the sixteenth year since the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and the American Legion Post 20 is looking for the community’s help to remember the anniversary.
The group has organized a memorial and will lines the streets of Kenai with 2,996 flags to remember each of the lives lost in the attacks.
“We would like as many people as possible to come help us remember,” Sue Diaz, the American Legion Post 20 club manager, said. “We bought the flags, but we’re asking the public to come help post them and to help remember.
Anyone interested in helping should meet in front of Paradiso’s in Kenai at between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Monday morning. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.
The flags will go along the road to Leif Hansen Memorial Park.
“We are doing it early because we want the children to go to school and ask why the flags are out,” Diaz said.
Today, a child born on Sept. 11, 2017 is most likely in their second year of high school, the attacks serving as another lesson in their history book.
“We need to thank those that are serving and have served and honor those that have perished,” Diaz said. “And that needs to be taught to our children.”
Everyone in the community is invited to help even if they just have 20 minutes to spare before work, Diaz said.
“Everyone’s lives are a little bit busy sometimes, but we need to keep remembering.”
Reach Kat Sorensen at firstname.lastname@example.org