A Worthington resident is encouraging others to show their support on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a display of flags during the city’s annual memorial ceremony.
Suzan Singh, who has lived in Worthington for 20 years, said she got the idea to display flags for 9/11 victims after a decline in attendance at the local ceremony.
“The chant after it happened was, ‘Never forget,’ and I feel like we’ve forgotten,” she said.
She said she approached the local American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239 about her idea, and its members agreed to help. Donations may be made to Post 239, 700 Morning St., to help cover the $2,200 for the flags.
Singh said she and volunteers from the city, Thomas Worthington High School and the Worthington police and fire departments will place 2,997 flags at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, on the Village Green at state Route 161 and High Street in Worthington.
The flags will be on display during the memorial ceremony at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, on the Village Green. Singh said bleachers would be available for guests.
Singh said the flags would fly for 24 hours.
“Anyone who drives by will be able to see them,” she said.
Glenn Luksik, commander of Post 239, said he appreciated the addition to the ceremony.
“It’s a very good way of calling attention to the event and the remembrance,” he said.
Luksik said the ceremony would feature Andrew Hartshorn from Ohio Homeland Security, who will talk about cybersecurity.
“That seems to be the hot-button topic this year,” he said.
Luksik said the ceremony also will include speakers from the fire and police departments and the American Legion.