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Flag honoring Sept. 11 victims will fly in Gresham

To honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Gresham Fire and Emergency Services and the Gresham Police Department will display and sign a 'Flag of Honor' with the names of the nearly 3,000 lives lost 10 years ago.

The flag will be unfurled at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, in front of the Public Safety Building at City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

'Raising and signing the Flag of Honor provides an opportunity for remembrance and reflection,' Fire Chief Scott Lewis said in a news release. 'It is our small way of honoring the victims and our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice on that tragic day.'

The flag is being passed among different organizations that wish to honor the victims of the attacks. Participating groups include sailors on the USS New York, employees at Boeing in Gresham and a group of Navy Seals from San Diego. Once signed, the flag will fly from a ladder truck at a Patriots Day Field of Flags event at Salem's Riverfront Park from Sept. 8-11. The flag is 20-by-30-feet and will be donated to Gresham Fire and Emergency Services for use at future events.