Tuesday, September 8, 2020

National Call to Wave US Flag 9/11 Anniversary

Remember September 11th

The non-profit Wreaths Across America is spearheading a campaign encouraging everyone to join in unity across the U.S. to stand outside and wave the American flag on Friday, September 11th for one minute at 8:46 am as well repeat the waving of Old Glory for another minute each at 9:03 am, 9:37 am, and 10:03 am ET.

American Flags Boy Salute

Never Forget the Events of 9-11-01

Those old enough to remember will never forget the tragedies which befell us that day...

At 8:46 am ET five hijackers took control of American Airlines Flight 11 and flew into the northern facade of the World Trade Center North Tower (1 WTC)

At 9:03 am ET five additional hijackers flew United Airlines Flight 175 into the southern facade of the World Trade Center South Tower (2 WTC)

At 9:37 am ET another five hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the western facade of the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia

At 10:03 am ET four terrorists who had commandeered United Airlines Flight 93, crashed the plane into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania

These four attacks cumulatively resulted in over 3,000 fatalities, including those who died in the aftermath, along with more than 25,000 injuries. Millions of American lives were irrevocably changed.  Indisputably, 9/11 is the world's single deadliest terrorist attack ever to occur.

The Flag Ladies
Image courtesy of Wreaths Across America

The Freeport Flag Ladies

Following the horrific events of 9/11, three women who became known as The Freeport Flag Ladies (Elaine Greene, Joann Miller, and Carmen Foote) were almost immediately inspired to do something meaningful to honor the victims. So, they took an old American flag out of storage and the three of them stood on a hill waving the Stars and Stripes every Tuesday morning for the next 18 years in Freeport, Maine.

After waving the flag one last time for last year's September 11 remembrance, the trio of female patriots retired. 

Wreaths Across America Takes Over

The very next Tuesday, Wreaths Across America (WAA) stepped in to take over the weekly flag display the Freeport Flag Ladies started. To provide a place where the regular flag waving tradition could be continued, WAA's founder Morrill Worcester set aside a piece of land in his hometown along US Route 1 in Jonesboro, Maine. This parcel of land leads to the new Acadia National Cemetery to be built on property the philanthropist also donated. 

Since then Mr. Worcester has added a mile stretch display of 105 American flags on both sides of the road leading up to the entrance of the Cemetery, which is now open to the public. Every Tuesday, dozens of local volunteers and other supporters wave our flag -- which is particularly meaningful, producing a spark of hope, patriotism, and optimism during difficult times.

American Flag Girl

Honor 9/11 Wherever You Are & Share on Social

It could not be more important to remember and honor our nation's great losses that day as well as to teach kids growing up now, the generation born after 9/11, how hard times can strengthen us if we pull together and do something collectively as a nation -- as simple as waving a US flag during those four key times this Friday, September 11, 2020.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to participate on 9/11/20
  • Capture video and pictures of you and your kids in action, joining in this national flag waving remembrance event
  • Share your images with Wreaths Across America, as well as your family and friends, using the hashtags #FlagsAcrossTheCountry and #AmericaStrong
  • Post on your social networks, tagging Wreaths Across America 

Wreaths Across America Cemetery
Image courtesy of Wreaths Across America

About Wreaths Across America

The mission of Wreaths Across America, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, is Remember, Honor, Teach. While the group is best known for placing veterans' wreaths on headstones of the nation's fallen at Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington, DC, the organization reaches beyond, placing more than 2 million sponsored wreaths at more than 2,200 participating locations nationwide and offering other programs throughout the year. Men, women, and kids are invited to sponsor a wreath for $15. For more information visit the group's official site WreathsAcrossAmerica.Org as well as follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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