Special Commemorative Flag

We each have something special we do to remember those lost September 11, 2001, and for one family, that means painting the American Flag in their front yard. What started as a simple way for them to show their patriotism has turned into a symbol that stand tall in one part of the city.

Barbara Ridley, who has helped paint the flag from the beginning, says, "Just feel like since that day, our country's changed so much, and something that was an attempt to destroy our country and tear us apart brought people back together."

That sentiment is personified as people drive up and down 23rd Avenue, even early in the morning, and show their appreciation for the flag that drapes their front yard.

"My brother and his wife live here now, and he says about 8 o'clock, you know people are seeing it because they're honking," says Ridley. "We've had people stop, take pictures, or if they just drive by and say they like it."

The flag is not only a special way for this family to commemorate the events that happened 11 years ago, but also for them to open the door and talk with their children who were too young at the time to fully understand, what all that day has meant to America.

"One thing I've really noticed this year is that it opened the topic of conversation for our children. You know, we go back and remind them how big they were when this happened, and what happened that night. We had three children at the time, and we went to bed with all three of our children with us. Held them close," Ridley tells us.

The flag is located north of Meridian High School on 23rd Avenue near 41st Street.

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