911 Memorial Flag Viewing Sunday May 12, 2pm
Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) is pleased to announce that the 911 Memorial Flag will be on display at the Sharon Springs Fire Department on Sunday May 12, 2013, starting at 2:00 p.m. The fire house is located at 137 Beechwood Rd. off Rt. 20, in Sharon Springs, NY.
One of SALT’s AmeriCorps VISTA members Frank N. Tucker III helped to secure an offer made by James Sands, a FDNY firefighter who escorts the flag around the country, to have the flag displayed in Schoharie County as Mr. Sands passes through. As a Lieutenant in the Freeport Fire Department, Tucker responded to the World Trade Center during the rescue phase immediately following September 11 to assist in the search for survivors.
“This flag is symbolic of many things, but what stands out for me is that it reminds us of how important first responders are for all communities during times of disaster,” SALT Executive Director Sarah Goodrich stated. “I would like to extend our appreciation to all first responders, here in Schoharie County but also around the state and county, who risk their lives to protect and save others.”
SALT would like to thank Sharon Springs Fire Chief Greg Baxter, for providing a location to display the flag.
During the event on May 12, starting at 2:00 p.m., Mr. Sands will explain the history of this flag, where it was found, and the extent of damage it suffered. He will also tell the story of how it has been pieced back together by hand stitching, during its travels around the United States, and some of the locations where this flag has been displayed.
There will be opportunities for people to take photos by the flag. Due to its size (20’ x 40’), it takes about 40 people to unfold the flag for display. SALT would also like to invite local firefighters, police officers, EMT’s and other first responders to have their photograph taken with the flag.
Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) generates synergy through multi-sector partnerships to advance disaster recovery for families and communities, fostering resilience and sustainability in the Schoharie Creek Basin and surrounding areas. Learn more at: www.saltdevelopment.org.