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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Almost eight years after September 11th, 2001, South Georgia gets ready to pay tribute by honoring the lives lost, all of the first responders, and those who are serving our country.

On Saturday volunteers started to putting up hundreds flags at the Albany Mall to mark that tragic day.

On Friday America will commemorate the 8th anniversary of what is now Patriot Day.

"It's built as a memorial to all the sacrifices for all the blood and sweat that's be shed for this country for more than 200 years," said Marvin Mixon, Exchange Club of Southwest Georgia.

Mixon has helped to organize the placement of more than a thousand flags each year around this time.

"It's basically started as a 9/11 program, we have 20 rows and they're 50 flags in each row," said Mixon.

Volunteers work for hours to erect the flags At the Albany mall.

"This is all volunteer effort," said Tom Newton, Marine Corps League. "I was one of the first ones here so I'm driving the truck with all the generators for the drills and the rebar for the flags."

The flags which represent more than three thousand plus lives lost eight years ago.

"We expanded ours to include all veterans all military serving all around the world as well as all the first responders," said Mixon.

"We don't want them to forget 9/11," said Newton.

And many people didn't forget.

"Individuals walked up who heard it on the radio and just wanted to help," Mixon.

Two planes crashed into twin towers on September 11th, a third crashed into the Pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C., and another into a field in Pennsylvania.

You can purchase one of those flags at the Albany mall for a $25 donation.

They'll hold a ceremony at the mall on Friday September 11th at seven.

 

 

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