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September 11th Memorial Grows

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 10, 2012

Tuesday marks the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

John Vinson's 9-11 memorial started with a single flag, "The day it happened, got off work, I got a flag and I went up on an overpass by the Crocker Art Gallery and was waving a flag at 5 o'clock traffic and a lot of horn blowing and things.  So, it just inspired me to do something every year and over the years, it just kept growing and growing and 11 years later, this is how it's turned out."

Every year, at a city-owned lot at the corner of Jefferson and South River Road, Vinson, his family, and a few volunteers arrange a display made of long, slender sections of lumber.  Each is painted white and holds several small flags.

Nearby, another volunteer pounds lengths of rebar into the ground.  Homemade flagpoles slide over the rebar and hold more than 300 large flags.

Vinson says last year between two-thousand and three thousand people visited the memorial.  He asks only one thing of them, "No politics.  Just come out here and go, 'It's good to be an American."

The memorial starts taking shape a few days before September 11th.  The  memorial has lights and is then open until sundown. 
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