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9/11 Memorial Flag Visits Camp Shelby

By Daniel Cherry | Published 01 Jul 2011 01:15pm | comments

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how Mississippians are getting a reminder of that day through the 9-11 Memorial Flag housed at Camp Shelby.

The Memorial Flag has been to all 50 states and has been seen by more than 6 million people. It's currently hanging in Camp Shelby. Major Deidre Musgrave says the flag has a special significance for those who are serving.

"It speaks volumes. It's huge to know that you are still fighting for freedom, and this flag represents that. We look back at how far we've come ten years ago from that fateful day, and we are continuing to strive for that fight for freedom."

The flag is made up of nearly three thousand smaller flags bearing the name of each victim of the attacks. One section displays the insignia of the first responders killed in the twin towers. 1st Sergeant Ronnie Hayes is in the Oklahoma guard. Just before his recent deployment to Afghanistan he says the flag has a special meaning to him.

"I'm a volunteer fireman. 343 of them are my brothers. All firefighters we're a brotherhood and we call each other brothers. It means a lot to me. I do search and rescue."

The memorial also displays flags of each country that lost a citizen in the attack. Justine Shahan is originally from England, but now she serves in the Guard. Prior to her deployment she said she hopes more Americans will remember the global impact of the attacks.

"Everybody seems to have forgotten about all the other nationalities. It was the World Trade Center. It represented the world and businesses around the world. I think a lot of people have forgotten that there were a lot of other people, not Americans, who lost their lives in the towers as well."

This is one of the last stops for the flag. In the coming months it will travel to Ground Zero where it will be buried on the 10th anniversary of 9-11.

 

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