This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and Cosumnes Community Services District will fly a commemorative flag, known as the Freedom Flag, to honor the victims, heroes, and survivors of 9/11.
The District’s Board of Directors approved the Freedom Flag to be flown at the Administration Building located at 8820 Elk Grove Blvd. from Sept. 11 through Sept. 30 to honor the nearly 3,000 people who perished, including 343 firefighters, and offer encouragement and support to those who serve our community.
The Freedom Flag Foundation, founded in Virginia in 2002, is on a mission to make the Freedom Flag a national symbol of remembrance for 9/11 and to teach future generations about the tragic events and many lives lost that day.
The Freedom Flag has 10 elements illustrated by the colors and symbols:
- Blue Background: all Americans united together for freedom.
- White Star: all who lived and died for freedom.
- Five White Bars: the Pentagon and the organized protection of our freedom.
- Top Red Stripe: the bloodshed of those who perished at the Pentagon and the crew and passengers on American Airlines Flight 77.
- Two Broad Red Stripes: the Twin Towers and the bloodshed of the people who perished at the World Trade Center and on American Airlines Flight 11 and United Flight 175.
- Three White Stripes: the rescue workers, firefighters, police officers, Port Authority employees, and others who worked tirelessly during and after the terrorist attacks.
- Bottom Red Stripe: the bloodshed of the crew and passengers who perished on United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez shared that this flag is a symbol of the nation’s commitment to honor and remember all who lost their lives because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “We must never forget the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Not only the victims of the attacks who were taken from us that day, but also the first responders and Military Armed Forces who continue to sacrifice and serve our nation,” he said.