The flags were equally spaced in rows and columns along the grassy slope of Omaha’s Memorial Park. A fitting place for the temporary memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack, with the large granite memorial to Omaha’s fallen war veterans standing tall and protective at the top of the knoll.
The flags were placed by a local Boy Scout troop. Each flag gave the victim’s name, age, occupation, hometown and where they died (North Tower, South Tower, Pentagon or Flight 93 in Pennsylvania) on the morning of September 11, 2001.
I stood among the flags and gasped at how large an area it took to place 2,977 miniature flags less than a yard apart. The war on terror took on a new meaning 13 years ago, and, while this memorial is only temporary, it is a painful reminder that the war on terror is far from over.
Thought for the Day: Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. Jim Valvano