Sometimes More than Just a Flag


Moreno Flag Raising at 9/11 Memorial

The following message from Albert Moreno was sent to The Prowers Journal this week. I hope everyone will take a few moments to read it.  Construction activities at the 9/11 First Responders Memorial at Big Timbers Museum on Highway 287 is gaining ground.  The committee continues to raise funds and seek out volunteers to build the memorial which was little more than an idea just a couple of years ago.  The most recent efforts have included the placing of an illuminated flag pole as a center piece at the site.  More developments are pending.

Albert Moreno and family members recently purchased a flag to be used at the site, but as Mr. Moreno describes in the following message, it became more than just a bought item.

“The American Flag stands for freedom. A freedom that was fought for by our brave military; a few of whom I have the privilege of calling my family.  So when I had the opportunity to purchase a flag for the 9/11 Memorial, I decided to hold a dedication service with my family members to honor their service to this great country.

Rather than simply opening the packaging and raising the flag, my brothers Horace Moreno and Raymond Moreno gave the flag a proper military flag-fold first. Horace and Raymond help with the numerous military funerals as part of the American Legion. After the flag was properly folded, Horace Moreno raised the flag and we all joined together in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I’m hoping that this is the beginning of a new tradition in southeastern Colorado. Other families and organizations can purchase a flag and have the opportunity to hold their own dedications at the 9/11 Memorial. I believe in honoring our military and remembering the sacrifices made for our freedom.   I hope that those of you reading this feel the same.”

Family members in attendance: Albert Moreno, Horace and Susan Moreno, Raymond Moreno, James Moreno, Sue Rangel, Justin and Tammy Rangel.

Former military family members unable to attend: George Moreno, Jamie and Ruby Rangel

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