by: AlANA KANSAKU-SARMIENTO The Patriot Flag, worn and patched from thousands of miles of travel and handling, flew over the Veterans Memorial with a flourish of students singing “America the Beautiful”and a special reading of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hundreds of patriotic Oregonians gathered around the Estacada Veterans Memorial on Friday, June 3, for the raising of the Patriot Flag.

Estacada is but one stop on the flag's cross-country tour, during which it will touch down in every state, landing in New York City on September 11 of this year, in honor of those affected by the events on that day, 10 years ago.

The flag was escorted from Estacada High School to the memorial by the Clackamas Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band, the Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle club, and 1,000 school children from across the district.

Lt. Joe Torrillo of the New York Fire Department spoke, a survivor of the Twin Towers' collapse, as did Miss Oregon, local religious community leaders and more. Speeches were made, patriotic songs were sung, and costumes were pulled out for this special event.

The flag was raised on Clackamas Fire Truck 15 for 55 minutes. It took many hands to prepare this 75-pound flag for flying.

To follow the Patriot Flag on its continued journey, visit

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