Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego, CA – Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, military veterans and first responders raised the 9/11 Memorial Flag outside City Hall as the 22-foot-by-32-foot flag made the final stop of its worldwide tour in San Diego.
The ladders of two fire trucks raised the flag at the west curb of Third Avenue and B Street near the Civic Concourse. Mayor Faulconer and Chief Zimmerman signed the flag as other dignitaries had during its world tour. It remained there from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The 9/11 Memorial Flag began as a community project with volunteers from Bucks County (Pennsylvania) and Hunterdon County (New Jersey) to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They sewed together 2,983 miniature U.S. flags – one for each victim – to create the Memorial Flag. It also includes smaller flags from every nation that lost a citizen in the attacks as well as flags representing the service organizations that participated in the recovery and rescue efforts.
Completed in March 2002, the flag has been seen by more than six million people as it has traveled to more than 90 locations throughout the country and overseas, including Iraq. San Diego is expected to be its final tour stop.
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