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7,000 American flags on display in SE Kansas for 9/11


It's an exhibit called "Symbols of Sacrifice."

There are flags with purpose.

"We have one flag for every loss of life.  We didn't want a token amount of flags," says Jim Scott, a Vietnam veteran.

7,000 flags for every American military-related death during the war on terrorism.

"Our other requirement is every flag on this property be made in America," says Scott.

Betty Boyko is superintendent of Ft. Scott's National Historic Park, where the flags are on display and a special ceremony was held on Wednesday to remember 9/11.

"I think this says this is a community that recognizes not only that this is their national park, but that they take pride in their history and in this nation's freedoms," says Boyko.

There are no pictures or names nearby of the fallen.  But these flags still have meaning.  Boyko says, "What I'm thinking is, what if that was my daughter or son?  How would I feel?"

"But are we forgetting?  That's my concern.  This is one way of saying, don't forget," says Scott.

Governor Sam Brownback attended Wednesday's event.  "Patriotism doesn't necessarily have grandchildren.  It has children, but each generation has to learn that lesson about the price of freedom, and has to be willing to pay for it," says Brownback.

This 9/11 remembrance ceremony comes on the brink of possible military action against Syria.  People at the national park say the flags continue to offer lessons.

"I think the country is struggling right now with, I don't think we have a role here.  I don't have a vote in this," Says Brownback.

The 7,000 fallen people behind each of these flags didn't have a vote, either.  

There may be more of these flags in the future.  They'll symbolize a soldier's heroism, partly from doing what they're told without any questions.

"They are willing to make whatever type of sacrifice this country asks of them, "says Boyko.

The "Field of Honor" with flags will remain open during daylight hours from until 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 15.  Symbols of Sacrifice is free and events are mobility-impaired accessible.

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