For the eleventh year Lynn Castrianno and dozens of volunteers will be placing nearly three-thousand flags at Memorial Park at 60th and Dodge Streets in Omaha this afternoon. Castrianno is the organizer of the September 11th Remembrance and says each flag will bear the name of a victim, their age and the location where they died.
For Castrianno, this is a labor of love. She lost her brother, Leonard Castrianno on September 11th. He was on the 105th floor of the North Tower and died during the attack. She says, “It isn’t just his memory. Almost 3,000 people died that day so it is remembering those who died. It is remembering the horrific attack that happened on our soil. It is remembering the unity that happened after the attacks on our country.”
Each flag represents a victim. Each has a tag that bears the person’s name, ager and location of where they died. The tags are color coded to represent the locations – Flight 93, Flight 75, Pentagon, World Trade Center 1, World Trade Center 2, Flight 11 and Flight 175. There is a special designation for rescue personnel and a Nebraska Connections circle for families that lost loved ones or friends.
The Irvington Fire Department is also taking part in the remembrance. Castrianno says they have a piece of the steel beam from the South Tower and they will be bringing it to Memorial Park during the evenings on weekends if they have the ability to do so. The flags will remain on display through September 13th.