World Trade Center Flagpole Finds Permanent Home in Hilliard
Communities across the nation marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in a variety of ways yesterday.Â Several Central Ohio communities used a most revered symbol of America to honor those who died on 9/11. Several hundred people gathered Sunday morning for a 9 oâclock ceremony near downtown Hilliard.Â The event was a mix of politicians, proclamations bagpipes, and speeches. âRemember with me the horrific scene that unfolded on September 11, 2001 as we witnessed an unprecedented attack on mainland America,â? said Hilliard mayor Don Schonhardt. The Twin Towers fell.Â But in the World Trade Center plaza several flagpoles remained standing.Â One has now been transplanted to Hilliard. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wosu/sets/72157627529837009/show/ As an honor guard of first responders prepared to raise the colors on the still scarred flagpole, a soft breeze blew the lanyard back and forth. Then a large American flag sped swiftly to the top of the pole.Â It was then solemnly lowered to half staff. When the program was over, some in the crowd, like Shirley Cowgill, came up for a closer look. âNothing flies like Old Glory,â? Cowgill said.Â âItâs the most beautiful flag in the world.Â And what it represents is so perfect.â? Q: I notice youâre touching the flagpole, can you tell me why youâre doing that? âOh I just, I just felt that I wanted to because it represents so much,â? Cowgill said.Â âSo many people that lost their lives that same day and yet they stood.Â Itâs hard to put into words you know?â? In Hilliard one large flag was the focal point for ceremonies.Â In neighboring Dublin almost 3-thousand full-sized flags filled a large, open field, each standing seven feet tall, each gracefully waving in memory of a person who died on 9/11. Lance and Michelle Shinnick brought their daughter Lindsey to walk among the rowsâ¦ âWe just thought that we would come out in just remembrance of the people who lost their lives that day,â? said Lance Shinnick.Â âTo tell our daughter about that tragic day and what these flags symbolize.â? âItâs hard for a five-year-old to get their head around it and I think just coming here and seeing that each of these flags was a person that just disappeared that day,â? said Michelle Shinnick. âI think the visual just kind of helps her.Â Â And itâs a little more overwhelming for me than I thought it would be.Â Just imagining; looking around in every direction, these were all people who woke up that morning and didnât come home.Â Itâs very sad.â? But not for another visitor at another display of flags, this one in downtown Columbus. Erica Hayes stood among some 3,000 small American flags dotting the lawn of the statehouse.Â She said the terror attacks only emboldened Americans. âI feel like our country came together in honor of these people, because of this we are stronger and we are more aware of whatâs going on around us and in the same sense it gives us more of an appreciation for life and love for life and for each other,â? said Hayes. Shirley Cowgill, though, is not quite sure what to make of that September morning 10 years ago. â9/11 is hard to put in words,â? Cowgill said.Â âSo many people that we lost, so needlessly. Why we canât all live together I donât know.Â I guess itâs never going to be a peaceful world.Â We can hope for it, though.Â Donât you think?"