|Published:||Feb 21, 2011 11:21 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla.-- A large American flag to commemorate the first responders of the 9-11 attacks flew over Fort Myers Monday.
At a special President's Day ceremony at Centennial Park, the 58' x 30' flat was hoisted above Downtown Fort Myers thanks in part to local agencies including the Lee County Fire Chiefs Association, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Fort Myers Police Department, and Lee County EMS.
Rep. Connie Mack served as the keynote speaker for the event.
The flag is one of the largest versions of the stars and stripes ever created.
The Patriot Memorial Flag was conceived by Mitch Mendler, a San Diego Firefighter/Paramedic and Wayne Louth, a Vietnam era Veteran.
The flag is currently being transported across the country with the goal of flying in all fifty states before then tenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11th.
On September 11, 2011, a ceremony is proposed in Shanksville, PA. It will then be transported to Washington, DC for a ceremony at the Pentagon. It will wrap up its nationwide tour in New York City, where it will become a permanent exhibit at the Freedom Plaza Museum being constructed at Ground Zero.
Those who attended the Edison Festival of Light Parade Saturday may have caught a glimpse of the large flag during the festivities.
It's next stop is planned for Hawaii later this week.