Sep 062013
 
VISITORS TO LAST YEAR'S DISPLAY: West Sacramento’s Cheng Saetern takes a photo of son Derrick Saelee; watching are family members  Sharon Saechao and (partially hidden) Abigail Saelee (News-Ledger photo, 2012)

VISITORS TO LAST YEAR’S DISPLAY: West Sacramento’s Cheng Saetern takes a photo of son Derrick Saelee; watching are family members Sharon Saechao and (partially hidden) Abigail Saelee (News-Ledger photo, 2012)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT. 6, 2013 –

John Vinson will bring back his big annual flag display tomorrow.

He promises 400 large American flags and almost 3,000 smaller flags, with each one commemorating a single one of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The display will go up Saturday at its usual location, the east side of Jefferson Boulevard at South River Road.

This year’s memorial will also include a display honoring those who died in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013.

JOHN VINSON (courtesy photo)

JOHN VINSON (courtesy photo)

Vinson, a former West Sacramento resident, has led a team of volunteers putting up the display every year since 2001.

The memorial will be open to the public 24 hours a day through Wednesday, September 11, he reports. In addition to the flags, the display typically includes an exhibit honoring firefighters who responded and perished in the Twin Towers bombing on 9/11/01.

“Last year, we had over 2,000 attendees and we hope it will be well attended again this year,” emailed Vinson.

This year, the West Sacramento flag display will be the site of a coordinated, nation-wide observance of the terrorist attacks. A bugler from “Buglers Across America” will be on hand to play “Taps” at the exact anniversary of the moment of impact of each of the airplanes that crashed during the 2001 attacks.

Visit the Southport site at 5:45 a.m., 6:03 a.m., 6:13 a.m. or 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, to hear “Taps” played.

Afterward, there will be silent prayer and follow-up rendition of “Taps” at this site and at other locations across the U.S.

The site is located along Jefferson about a mile south of U.S.50.

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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke