2,977 American Flags: Baltimore County Honors Victims Of The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks


2,562 flags line Putty Hill Avenue, spanning from Old Harford Road to Harford Road. (Photo Credit: The Hope and Peace Foundation)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - Baltimore County is commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center with the annual "Path of Honor" event.

On Monday, a sea of 2,977 American flags will adorn Putty Hill Avenue, each representing a life lost during the devastating terrorist attacks.

Initially established in 2012 on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the "Path of Honor" has been a yearly tradition. In 2015, the memorial was extended to include the "Field of Honor," commemorating the 158 Maryland residents killed in global terrorism-related conflicts since 9/11. The field is situated on a hillside in the Putty Hill Shopping Center parking lot.

The display serves as a poignant reminder to students at Parkville Senior High School and the countless commuters who pass along Putty Hill Avenue that the sacrifices made on and since 9/11 have not been forgotten.

Three hundred fifty-two flags will encircle the Parkville Fire House to honor the 343 firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), eight emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and one fire patrolman who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 attack.

An additional 72 flags will stand in front of the Parkville Police Station, recognizing law enforcement officers who gave their all on that fateful Tuesday.

The remaining 2,562 flags will line Putty Hill Avenue, spanning from Old Harford Road to Harford Road—covering three-quarters of a mile on both sides of the street.

The Hope and Peace Foundation carried out its yearly "Patriot Day" motorcycle ride from Darlington to Parkville this Saturday as part of the weekend's commemorative events.

Additionally, a bell-ringing ceremony was held at 8:46 a.m. on Monday at both the Parkville Fire and Police Stations to mark the exact time the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center 22 years ago.

For more information on the Path of Honor, or the annual Patriot Day motorcycle ride, visit the Hope and Peace Foundation's official website

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