Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – About 3,000 American flags are lined up just outside of the Sandy City Hall. Each one represents someone who lost their life in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
That’s the day that changed the world as we know it. For many Utahns, the attacks hit close to home.
Jim Hartley’s son, Jason, was in Manhattan, NY as an army reservist. He quickly answered the call to watch guard at Ground Zero.
“He was there watching as people fell from the buildings, and as the first responders made heroic, valiant attempts to go in and help save them,” said Hartley.
He also had a nephew near the Pentagon when it was attacked.
“9/11 has had great impact on our family,” Hartley added.
That’s why he made time, on this 16th anniversary to visit the Healing Field.
“This is the most amazing opportunity to feel patriotism, to feel what a text book can’t teach,” said Shauna Jorgensen, Healing Field 2017 Chair.
New this year, teddy bears are attached to 18 flags. They represent 8 children, and 10 pregnant women who died.
“We wanted to highlight the babies, because they are not included in the count, in the complete total of deaths. So, there are 10 more deaths that are not included,” said Jorgensen.
Here they are included, helping us remember the sacrifice of thousands on that dark day.
“A memory of a very terrible day, but it’s also a memory of the strength and determination of a people to not bow down to terrorism,” said Hartley.
This year’s benefiting charity is NAMI Utah, a local nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness for mental health issues.