#NeverForget: 3,000 flags for 3,000 souls in remembrance of 9/11 victims

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PAINESVILLE-Painesville Square once again turned into a 9/11 remembrance ceremony. It’s been 14 years since the tragedy that changed America forever and people in Painesville want to make sure the thousands of lives lost are never forgotten.

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Volunteers were out all morning placing over 3,000 flags in the square. One flag for every soul that was taken in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Seven flags were also placed for the seven service men from Lake County that have died since the attacks. People gathered for a moment of silence at the time the first and second planes crashed into the Twin Towers.

Many people spoke to the crowd, including Painesville Fire Chief Mark Mlachak.

“On September 11 we lost too many firefighters and good people,” Mlachak says. “Fourteen years later and I still can’t talk about it. It’s so hard.” One person in the crowd, 88-year-old World War II veteran, Anthony Torre. “It was a horrible day,” Torre said. “It’s all we can do is keep remembering. We can never forget that day. Just horrible.” The event also included taps provided by Riverside High School and they also rang a bell in honor of the lives lost.

The annual remembrance ceremony started 8 years ago, and while it started out small it’s grown to something spectacular.

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