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Field of flags commemorate 9/11

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  In all, 1,000 U.S. flags will be on display to honoring the lives lost on September 11th, 2001, all of the first responders, and those who're serving our country.

"We have 20 rows, ten feet apart and we have 50 flags five feet apart each row," said Marvin Mixon, of the Exchange Club of Southwest Georgia.

They're meticulous placed one-by-one by dozens of volunteers. "It's a great way to show our respect to the service men and women of our community," said Greg Frich, Volunteer.

Frich and his five children don't mind the manual labor. "I was a Marine for 29 years and their grandfather was in Vietnam and Korea. When they come out here and put these flags up, it serves a reminder to others of the sacrifices so many have made for our great nation," said Frich.

They stand as a reminder of September 11th 2001. The flags also honor those who serve in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and first responders here at home.

"We have veterans that come out, they sit or stand and stare for a while, some will have tears in their eyes," said Mixon.

"The flag symbolizes the freedoms and all the struggles America went through to get to where we are," said Nick Leggett Volunteer.

Leggett is one of the 20 young Albany Marines volunteering. "I'm basically doing anything they ask me to do, if they want me to drill holes I drill holes and put the flags in," said Leggett.

Though labor is free the funds for the annual display are almost gone. "Our money is going to run out pretty soon, this is our eight year," said Mixon.

Donations keep it going. "My mom has put one in honor of my brother, because he's been over in Okinawa, it makes me feel like I represent him," said Danyel Tobias, Volunteer.

The flags will be on display at the mall until  Saturday, September 11th. They'll hold a 9/11 ceremony at 11 am.

You can contact the Southwest Georgia Exchange Club to sponsor a flag.

 

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