Willard community places flags around town to remember 9/11

Published: Sep. 10, 2016 at 9:30 PM CDT
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Volunteers in Willard are remembering the lives lost during the September 11th attacks by placing flags around town.

It was a community effort as volunteers placed about 2,500 flags outside homes and businesses to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11.

The annual tradition was started by two local families in 2003 and has since grown. It is now led by the chamber of commerce and around 50 volunteers pitch in each year.

This year, Willard middle school students joined the efforts. This being the 15th anniversary of 9/11, many of the students don't remember that tragic day.

That's why leaders say it's so important to get them involved in honoring the victims at an early age, so everyone can commemorate the tragedy together.

"Whenever September 11 happened, it's one of those events that everybody remembers where they were whenever they heard about it and it just was so impactful to so many people and we just feel like it is one of those events that is impactful but you also need to remember that. That's why this was all orchestrated, just so everybody could remember that tragedy," Willard Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Kelley said.

It took about two hours for the volunteer teams to place all of the flags. Each flag had a note attached with a message to help people remember what happened that tragic day.