Those visiting Omaha over the next few weeks will want to drive by Memorial Park near 60th and Dodge streets. For the twelfth year, Lynn Castrianno has organized the September 11th Tribute of Flags to remember those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks. For Castrianno, this is a labor of love.
Castrianno says, “That is the day that my brother died. He was in the north tower on the 105th floor so I do this in memory of him as well as the others who died on that day.”
Each flag represents a person who died during the attacks. The flags are tagged with a person’s name, age and location of where they died – on Flight 93, Flight 75, the Pentagon, The World Trade Center 1, World Trade Center 2, Flight 11 and Flight 175. There is a special designation for rescue personnel and flags with a Nebraska connection are placed in a circle with additional information about the person lost.
The Irvington Fire Department will also display their steel beam from the World Trade Center South Tower during the weekends and evenings. Castrianno says, It is actually quite moving to see a piece of our history that lives on. You can some of wreckage to that steel beam.”
The flags will be placed today and will remain at the park through September 12th.