Hundreds of people are expected to visit the Old Saybrook Town Green this weekend after volunteers setup a 9/11 memorial.
The flag display is on Main Street. Since this display was set up the Thursday night, likely thousands have visited and walked about the placed flags of not just the United States. But, there are flags from other nations who lost their lives that day.
There were 2,977 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Each victim was remembered at the Old Saybrook Town Green this weekend and is represented by a flag of their nation.
"It really is amazing,” Shirley Colquhoun, of Old Saybrook, said. “I think this is beautiful. "
“I wanted to know what the different flags meant,” Ann Mattus, of Old Saybrook, said. “From the different countries where the people came from that were on the two planes."
People were brought to tears over the display.
"It's incredible,” Vickie Silvia, of Old Saybrook, said. “Americans really have to pay attention and remember the past so we can go forward."
In 2001, these Old Saybrook eighth graders were not even born. On Friday, this is their lesson.
"They want to know why? They want to know why it happened,” teacher Robert Lavriola said. “They want to know what the reason was why Al Qaeda hated Americans so much to do this."
"It gives me goose bumps seeing this,” Joshua Charette- Manchester, said. “Fifteeen years ago...People, who died that day and sad,gets you emotional."
The memorial will be at the Old Saybrook Town Green all weekend. On Friday night, flags will be lined Main Street.
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