60-foot Sept. 11 memorial flag flew during Fourth of July fireworks show

5 07 2011

The 60-foot Sept. 11 memorial flag flew during Attleboro’s Fourth of July fireworks show.

The Patriot Flag will be continuing its tour of the United States with an unexpected stop in Attleboro during the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display.

The flag was originally scheduled to be flown in Boston; however, that city was ultimately unable to accommodate the flag, according to Attleboro

Fire Chief Scott Lachance.

The last-minute change forced the Patriot Flag organizers to make numerous phone calls to various Massachusetts fire departments in an attempt to

find a new Fourth of July event that could host the historic flag.

Lachance was told of their problem by Manfield Fire Chief Neil Boldrigini, and he jumped on the chance to bring the flag to Attleboro and have it

flown during the city’s fireworks display.

“As much as a benefit it is to us, we were actually helping them out as well,” Lachance said.

The flag is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. A nonprofit, all-volunteer group has been traveling around the United

States since last September with the goal of stopping in each of the 50 states in 50 weeks leading up to the 10-year anniversary of the infamous day.

The flag has so far made stops in 44 states, 140 different cities and traveled nearly 100,000 miles.

“It’s pretty impressive,” Lachance said of the group’s efforts.

The fire department is working out the details of the massive flag’s presentation, but they are planning to have the flag flown from a ladder truck and

hang over North Avenue.

The flag’s size and weight of 75 pounds will require many people to raise and lower it.

Above artical by Attleboro Patch: http://attleboro.patch.com/articles/historic-patriot-flag-is-coming-to-attleboro-for-fourth-fireworks

Video by: http://bruceKgarber.com





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