EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - On each anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the Perry Township Fire Department parks its trucks on the Lloyd overpass by USI and raises an American flag.
"Being here today is a little emotional but at the same time its great to see how far we've come," said Dawnyel Flavin, volunteer firefighter.
The flag is meant to remind us of those who died on 9/11 and also those who put their lives on the line everyday.
"It feels great! A lot of honking, a lot of waving, and a lot of people stopping by and saying thanks," Chief Jerry Bulger, Perry Township Fire Department.
"This is sometimes a thankless job, but its great to have every now and then people appreciating what you do," said Flavin.
This is Dawnyel Flavin's first year with Perry Township.
She says 9/11 is always an important day, but with recent events, this is a perfect reminder of why they do what they do.
"The majority of us are doing this because we want to help because we really care, so when you see someone in uniform, thank them and remember that they're getting up in the middle of the night to come help you," said Flavin.
The flag reminds her of many things, sacrifices made and her duty to the younger generation.
"You know a lot of time has passed and there's many of us who remember and there's a new generation that doesn't. We need to make sure that we educate them and let them know what happened that day, so we don't forget and keep passing it on," said Flavin.