Honoring heroes

Published 11:16 am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A special honor flag, with stripes made from the names of those lost on Sept. 11, flies next to the Atmore war memorial Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Eleven years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Atmore’s Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion groups continue to honor those who died that day.

To mark this year’s anniversary, the two posts flew a special “Honor Flag” version of the United States flag at half-mast in front of Atmore City Hall’s Veteran’s Monument.

American Legion Senior Vice Commander Jimmy Beck said the flag was a gift that will help memorialize those who died for years to come.

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“The flag was donated to us by the Woodmen of the World to our monument committee last year,” Beck said. “So this is the second year we have flown it at half-mast in front of the monument at city hall.”

Beck said people will have to get close to the flag to see what really makes it special.

“The Honor Flag’s stripes are made up of names,” he said. “The stripes are made up of all of the names of the people who died that day. They’re pretty small, but it’s really neat.”

The Woodmen of the World also donated a special new flag to the City of Atmore, also meant to honor those who died in New York over a decade ago.

Gordon Everette, treasurer and past president of Woodmen of the World Lodge 1872 and Samantha Bennett, secretary for Lodge 1872 presented The City of Atmore, Mayor Howard Shell and Police Chief Jason Dean with the American Flag Tuesday at city hall.