Photo courtesy of James Baisden
A tribute to firefighters who died while responding to Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., stands outside the Kenai Fire Department on Monday. The memorial includes a wreath made by administrative assistant Lori Holleman, flowers donated by the Fireweed Herb Garden, a hat from one of Kenai’s fire captains and a helmet from a past fire chief. Assistant Fire Chief James Baisden said the memorial, which was setup by Capt. Jason Diorec, has been part of Kenai’s tribute each year since the attacks. New to the display this year is the large American flag, on which the names of the 343 firefighters who died that day are printed. Baisden said he is aware the flag should be displayed with the blue field of stars to the upper left, but in order for passersby to read the fallen firefighters’ names, he had to hang the flag with the stars to the right.
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