1,000 flags will wave this weekend in honor of 9-11 victims, Hurricane Katrina survivors, and local first responders.
In the previous years, the flags have flown at Kastman Park for the "American Tribute." This year, they've been moved to Reese Technology Center to include Hurricane Katrina survivors as well.
NewsChannel 11 spoke with some first responders Friday about what Sunday's ceremony means to them.
"Remember all the people who lost their lives for us, and served for us."
"It is rewarding to know that you've done something for somebody else. Served something bigger than yourself."
"I think it's a way to show appreciation for what the 1st responders do day in and day out...police, fire and paramedics."
"It's important to remember the sacrifices that people made in 2001, that's why we're doing this. And to let people in New Orleans know that we're with them."
"I think it's symbolic that we're doing this tribute so close to the evacuee efforts."
"September 11 commemorates a day of tragedy for the nation and Hurricane Katrina is as well a tragedy, it is something that we will overcome."
"I'm sure they're going to come over here and show their support for us, and we should show our support for them."
"You will get that patriotic feel by being out and being among the flags and walking through them."
"9-11 kind of brings into focus everything that we do and the kind of job that we do and it's humbling.
"The more that go up, the more it's even more humbling. It's pretty neat."
Of course everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. The tribute is from 3pm to 5pm Sunday at Reese Center. Gates open at 1pm, but because of the security check-point, there is a procedure to follow. You'll need to check-in at the front gate. Then, you'll be directed to a parking area where buses will be provided to take you to the field of flags.
T-shirts and the tribute flags will be available for purchase. As in years past, the proceeds benefit nursing education. But, this year money will also go to Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Breedlove Dehydrated Foods.
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