There are nearly 3,000 flags placed at Memorial Park in midtown Omaha as we remember the tragic events that took place 17 years ago today. Lynn Castrianno is the founder of the Tribute of Flags. Each flag bears the name of one of the victims in the terrorist attack.
Castrianno says, “The very first group of flags that you will see has a blue tag that refers to those in the North Tower. There are about 1,500 flags. Then moving on to the people in the planes. Each plane has its own location. The Pentagon has its own location. The rescue personnel have their own location and they have red tags, about 343. At the very end are the people who died in the South Tower, about 700 people there. Each flag represents a person and the tag has the name and age of the person who died that day.”
For Castrianno, this is personal. Her brother, Leonard Castrianno was 30 years old and was in the North Tower on the 105 floor. At the display there is a Nebraska Connections circle for families here who lost a loved one on 9/11.
Castrianno says, “At the very beginning I did this as a remembrance. There are so many of us that remember where we were that day. Seventeen years later it is history. The flags still represent the same thing for my generation but the new generation, this is history for them. This is a way for them to see what this looks like, not just what they are learning in their history books.”
This is the 14th consecutive year for the Tribute of Flags that will remain on display through September 16th. Memorial Park is located near 60th and Dodge Street.