Perry Township members flying American flag in honor of 9/11 victims
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Members of Perry Township were on the University of Southern Indiana’s overpass on Sunday, hanging the American flag in honor of the lives lost during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
21 years ago, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell in the biggest terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil.
In the days, weeks, months and years following, Americans vowed to remember what happened that day. That promise – to never forget – is kept by Jerry Bulger, as he and others raise a flag on the University Parkway Overpass in Evansville every year.
“It’s to honor everyone,” Bulger said. “For those who lost their lives and for those who serve today. Whether it be military, fire, police, EMS, dispatchers.”
And now 20 years after the flag was first raised over the Lloyd Expressway, Bulger remembers trying to find a way to honor those who lost their lives.
“The first year, we was trying to think of something to do,” Bulger said. “And I thought of the overpass and the amount of traffic that comes through here.”
For 20 years, rain or shine, Bulger and the Perry Township Fire Department have raised the flag. Bulger says the Tri-State still honors the promise all Americans made on that fateful day.
“The people that come by and thank us, the people that come by and honk,” Bulger said. “It’s a great feeling to know the public still remembers.”
According to the Perry Township Fire Department Facebook page, members began hanging the flag on Sunday at 7 a.m.
Fire officials also wrote on the Facebook page that the Suburban Fire Chiefs Association presented Bulger with a ring on Sunday in honor of his 18 years as the Perry Township Fire Chief, as well as 28 years serving that community.
You can watch the video of the flag being put up below:
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