About 60 volunteers gathered at the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage before sunrise, and planted nearly 3,000 American flags, each to commemorate one of the victims in the terrorist attack on the nation that occurred beginning at 8:46 am on Sept. 11, 2001.
As the sun rose on a crisp Sept. 11 morning, Mayor Dave Bronson’s office and Assemblywoman Jamie Allard worked together to get volunteers involved in the memorial project. Then, the group recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and Bronson spoke briefly about the meaning of the day, and his experiences as an airman stationed at Kulis National Guard Air Base, at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, where he was when the news broke that the nation was under attack.
Mike Ross, media personality from KTUU, was one of the volunteers planting flags. Only Jamie Allard and the mayor were elected officials who were present. No media but Must Read Alaska was present, as the event wasn’t publicized and an effort was being made to keep it apolitical.
Must Read Alaska live-streamed the event on Facebook for those who were awake at that hour. Here’s the playback from our camera vantage point:
During the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, 2,977 people were killed by 19 hijackers who were on a murder-suicide terror mission planned by Osama Bin Laden, the founder of the militant Islamist group Al Qaeda. Bin Laden had launched previous attacks on America, but this was his most ambitious yet. On the four planes that were used in the attacks, 665 were on board, including the terrorists, and another 6,606 died in the World Trade Center, and 125 died at the Pentagon. Three buildings were struck, but patriotic Americans aboard the fourth plane, realizing it was a missile that was heading for Washington, D.C., revolted against the terrorists, and in the struggle the plane dove into a field in Pennsylvania, sacrificing all souls on board for the sake of the country.
The 9-11 attacks put America into battle, and for the past 20 years, warriors have taken the fight to the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Joe Biden ended the fight on Aug. 30, withdrawing all Americans from Afghanistan, except about 100 left behind for the Taliban terrorists to use as hostages. He also left $80 billion worth of arms and military equipment, such as tanks, trucks, helicopters, and other equipment, for the Taliban terrorists who have gained control of Afghanistan in Biden’s retreat.
Check back with Must Read Alaska’s Facebook page later today for more video of the event this morning.
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Honoring the day: Volunteers plant 3,000 flags at sunrise in Anchorage to commemorate victims of 9-11 – Must Read Alaska