Camp Shelby officers sign 9/11 Memorial Flag

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Soldiers at Camp Shelby spent Armed Forces Day remembering the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a special way. Saturday morning, Mississippi Adjutant General William Freeman and other Camp Shelby officers signed the 9/11 Memorial Flag at the post exchange.

The flag lists the names of the 2,993 people who were killed in those attacks in 2001. It was brought to Shelby 2 days ago and will be displayed until July 1.

"Today is Armed Forces Day and we celebrate that day, but we remember all the people who are on that flag," said Major General William Freeman.

"I know this flag has been in scores of places and I know what the flag means to our nation and I'm just pleased to be a part of it," said Lt. Colonel Jim Ainsworth. Ainsworth was one of the officers who signed the flag.

"It's important that we see this, understand this and that all Americans get to see this flag," said Staff Sergeant Gregory Placencia. He escorted the flag to Mississippi from Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 11th, the flag will be buried at Ground Zero in New York during the 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 attacks.

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