Flags Come Down at Kastman Park - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/14/03

Flags Come Down at Kastman Park

The field of flags at Kastman Park came down on Sunday. 3,412 flags have been flying there for the last four days, each flag representing a life lost on September 11th, 2001. The sea of red, white, and blue brought thousands out to the park for a moment of remembrance, hope, and a chance to express their patriotism.

On Sunday, more than a thousand people showed up to buy the flags, taking them home to cherish a piece of this history.

The display of flags at Kastman Park has been drawing a crowd for days. The candlelight vigil on the eve of September 11th brought out more than 4,000 people. Then on Thursday morning, about 3,000 showed up for the memorial.

"It was phenomenal. Beautiful, I was so proud to be from Lubbock," Sonja Mitchell said.

"It was just breathtaking," Suzanne Sanchez said.

"This was most wonderful. It was just great, absolutely terrific," Ed Young said.

The patriotism in this town obvious again, when hundreds lined up Sunday afternoon to buy the flags.

"I'm so shocked. I got here a little before 4:00 and the line was to the street and I never expected it to be like this," Billie Smith said.

"It's so exciting. I love everybody that's out here. I love anyone who supports America," Sonja Mitchell said.

Each flag is $25, but it comes with a name, a name of a victim killed on September 11th -- which makes it priceless.

"What this means to me is that each one of these peoples' names represents a person that was a member of a family. We have a very close family, and we feel very fortunate that we have our family, and these people, their families don't have them anymore and it's just really special to us," Jeannie Coggins said.

"It just means so much to us. I have one from Pearl Harbor and I have a daughter overseas right now and it just means a lot. I'm so proud of what they've done here, our troops need to see this side of it," Mitchell said.

So far, about 3,000 of the flags have sold, the others are still for sale at the American State Bank downtown. American State Bank and thousands of volunteers are the reason Lubbock got to be a part of this awesome tribute.

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