DES MOINES, Iowa -- “I remember sitting in class and then something had happened where all the teachers kind of left the room. They came back and kind of explained it, and I remember kind of the next day we had a memorial in front of the flag of the elementary school where we all held hands around it and just took a moment of silence,” said Katie Knight of Urbandale who was sharing what she remembers about 9/11/2001.
The 23 year-old was one of the people who showed up at Gray's Lake Park on the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation, to look at a special memorial honoring the victims of that day. Knight was in the fifth grade at the time of the 9/11 attacks.
“Not really sure what that meant to me at that point because I was so young, but as the years have passed, it’s just you know you really do remember where you were on that day and how you felt,” said Knight.
When asked what 9/11 means to her now, and what she feels when she looks at the flags at the park representing the people that perished, Knight said, “every year it’s touching. I think no matter who you are or where you are in the United States, it’s really important to take time to remember all the lives lost.”
On Friday, people of all ages came out to spend time at the memorial and take pictures of the nearly 3000 flags that have been placed at the park to create a tribute trail. The flags were placed there on Thursday.
The flags have been placed ten feet off the trail on the west side of the lake next to Fleur Drive from the north dock to the south shelter area.
The trail surrounding Gray’s Lake Park is lined with 2,977 flags this weekend in memory of 9/11. There is one for each life lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The memorial has appeared in several years prior and is sponsored by Des Moines Parks and Recreation in partnership with iHeartMedia and the U.S. Air Force. The flags will remain up through the weekend. Officials will remove the flags on Monday.