Utah Remembers the Victims of September 11, 2001
3,031 large flags in Utah.
A reverent silence prevails in this eerie representation of those who died on
I never heard or saw anything about this in the media. I was going to the bank
when I saw this. I went home, got my wife Linda, and came back with a camera.
Below is my best, though inadequate, attempt to share the experience with
The above picture was taken on the mall in front of the Sandy, Utah city hall.
Scroll sideways to see the whole thing. I pasted the photos together to try and
help show just how big this thing was, but even with that, the photos don't do
it justice. There was very little publicity about this, but it was a real
traffic stopper. People would park and get out and walk among the flags. Some
brought bundles of flowers and left them at the base of a flag. Others came
together and just hugged each other hard in the silent memory of the terrible
loss that we suffered one year ago. We all know over 3000 people lost their
lives, but seeing this display, and walking among it, helps put perspective on
just how big a number that is.
Close up of the one of the signs placed around the perimeter of the display.
There were also some international flags on display representing some of the
various foreign nations whose citizens dies that day. Interestingly, this whole
display was done by a local company that manufactures and distributes flags and
flag display equipment...and I saw not a single sign bearing their name in the
display. People walked through, and all you could hear was the sound of the
flags blowing in the breeze. A reverent silence prevailed over the display as
those who came each reviewed his or her experiences of that fateful day a year
I saw many families while I was there. It was hard watching adults struggling
to cope with their own emotions while caring for children who were far too young
to understand the significance of the flags around them. Too the credit of the
children, I didn't see any who could not somehow sense that this was a special
place. For a few moments, everyone who came, young and old, male and female,
families, and even a group of mentally handicapped individuals stopped their
busy daily lives to remember. If those who caused this pain only knew how much
stronger we have become, and how terribly their comrades have paid, and will
continue to pay, for this horrible crime, I wonder if they still would have done
what they did.
It's hard to picture mentally just how big this thing is. As I walked among the
rows, I was reminded of rank on rank of soldiers standing at attention, guarding
us even now.
Some brought flowers, small flags, notes etc. The flags didn't have individual
names on them so I don't know how people picked out where they would leave these
tokens as they experienced their own memories and grief. For anyone who has
ever shed a few tears at THE WALL (the Viet Nam Veterans memorial in Washington
DC) or during the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in
Arlington, VA, this display is every bit as moving in its sheer power to remind
those who come of just how deeply we all experienced the cowardly attack on
innocent civilians in our own homeland.
We parked about a block away to get in and experience it up close. We weren't
the only ones as you can see.