Friday, Sep 16, 2011
In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park hosted a memorial “Field of Flags” installation. One of the largest commemorative events in the nation, the Field of Flags is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, Georgia, to honor those individuals who lost their lives during the events of 9/11.
On Saturday, September 10th, over 1,500 local volunteers carried 2,977 American flags to the park during a short parade from Marietta, erecting them on the battlefield along Old Highway 41 in front of the park’s visitor center.
Over 400 spectators attended a Sunday morning memorial service that included remarks from Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Senator Johnny Isakson, Congressman Phil Gingrey, and other local dignitaries. Law enforcement and fire agencies from NPS, Cobb County, the city of Marietta, the city of Smyrna, and the city of Kennesaw were all in attendance, with security provided by the NPS, the Cobb County Sheriff's office, and the city of Marietta.
The flags will remain on display through today. Individual flags can be purchased in support of the Kiwanis Club’s philanthropic activities.
For more information, visit the Field of Flags website at http://911fieldofflags.com or contact park staff.