WILLOWICK, Ohio–U.S. Navy veteran Bill Sabin never wants people to forget Sept. 11, 2001. So to make sure that doesn’t happen, he sets up a massive memorial in his front yard.
He’s been doing it for years and every year, it gets even bigger.
"When it happened, everybody was all about flags and let's put everything out and let's be patriotic. And it seems like over the last 14 years, we have slowly drifted away from remembering what this day really signifies,” he explained.
He has more than 1,000 flags on display, including a larger one that has the name of every victim that lost their life that tragic day. He said he bought it while he was visiting New York City with his wife.
The memorial has received a lot of attention from the community, and for good reason.
"It means a lot to a lot of people and you know just anyone who has lost someone on September 11. They come by and they look. It's a little emotional for them,” he said.
Sabin is also giving back to local law enforcement. He arranged for all of them to get free ice cream from an ice cream shop in Willowick. He said they deserve to be honored too.
"For some reason, our police officers are our enemy. Firefighters get complaints because they park their truck in front of your driveway. You know, that day they were your hero. Who did you go to? You went to those guys. It should be that way every day,” said Sabin.
Sabin is hoping to collect more flags for his display.
If you would like to donate, you can drop them off at his home. He lives at 289 E. 326th St. in Willowick.