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College students place 2,977 flags to honor lives on 9/11

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) — Thursday morning, Johnson County will pause to honor the lives misplaced 20 years in the past on Sept. 11 with a commemorative ceremony on the south garden of the Johnson County Administration Constructing on Cherry Avenue in Olathe.

The mother and father of Navy serviceman Ronald Hemenway, who was killed within the assault on the Pentagon, will attend the ceremony.

On Wednesday, Olathe West college students who’re members of the 21st Century Public Security Academy positioned 2,977 American flags for the occasion to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 assaults.

“This can be a tribute to all the lives misplaced on 9/11,” pupil Isabela Barahona-Negrete stated.

The flags are a visible illustration of every one that was killed throughout the terrorist assaults that modified America 20 years in the past.

“These college students are studying all about what occurred that day and the way these firemen and cops coped with that tragedy,” Johnson County Sheriff’s Workplace Sgt. Jesse Valdez stated.

“It was a traumatic expertise for everybody,” pupil Kinzie Taylor stated. “They at all times have these flashbacks of what occurred that day.”

The scholars stated they every bear in mind what they’ve discovered concerning the historic day from their lecture rooms and their mother and father.

“How the firefighters died making an attempt to save lots of those who had been caught within the constructing,” pupil Levi Amos stated. Amos hopes to develop into a regulation enforcement officer.

Pupil Jerry Walker, who needs to develop into a firefighter, says he has watched a number of Sept. 11 documentaries.

“Firefighters had been going up these towers and, most of them, realizing that they are not going to return down,” Walker stated. “It is actually honorable as a result of they knew that they had been going to save lots of a bunch of lives and so they had been undoubtedly risking theirs.”

The group of future regulation enforcement officers and firefighters take pleasure in presumably changing into a primary responder just like the women and men who helped survivors of that tragic day.

“Once I get sufficiently old, I can do the identical factor,” Amos stated.

“I am going to simply really feel honored to know that perhaps sooner or later I can save folks,” Walker stated.

The final American flag shall be positioned tomorrow by Bob and Shirley Hemenway from Shawnee for his or her 37-year-old son, Ronald Hemenway, who was killed within the assault on the Pentagon.

“As a logo of their son’s life,” Valdez stated. “We need to be sure folks always remember.”

Thursday’s commemorative occasion begins at eight a.m. It will likely be livestreamed for anybody in the neighborhood to look at on-line at jocogov.org/JohnsonCountyRemembers and on the “Johnson County, KS Authorities” Fb web page.

Restricted seating for the dedication shall be out there.

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