Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, will make 19 years since the 9/11 attacks in New York City, and the American Legion Auxiliary Fort Campbell Unit 233 is organizing initiatives to make sure Patriots Day is remembered.

Jane McKnight, Americanism chairwoman for the unit, recently delivered Freedom Flags to the Oak Grove, Fort Campbell and Pembroke fire departments to be flown on Friday.

McKnight said these local fire departments are the first in the state of Kentucky to fly the Freedom Flag.

“Next year is the 20th anniversary (of 9/11), so we’re making a big push to get these flying in every state,” McKnight said. “We have 43 flags flying, including in Puerto Rico, so we’re trying to get the last seven states on board.”

The Freedom Flag Foundation is a nonprofit corporation created to oversee the distribution of the Freedom Flag into schools, colleges and universities, and to work toward establishing an annual tradition of remembrance within the educational community that honors the victims, heroes and survivors of Sept. 11, 2001, according to the release.

McKnight said she is also trying to get schools on Fort Campbell involved in a program that educates students about 9/11.

“You get a teacher that’s interested in the program, preferably a social studies or history teacher, and they get a packet about 9/11, a flag, and a piece of steel from the buildings on loan for the school for a year,” she said.

In addition to those efforts, the American Legion Auxiliary Fort Campbell Unit 233 in Oak Grove will be hosting a Patriots Day ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday. The community is invited to attend.

For more information and the story of the flag’s creation visit www.freedomflagfoundation.org.

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