Springfield man honors 9/11 victims with flag display

Springfield man honors 9/11 victims with flag display

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Kim Ridley was nowhere near any of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

Ridley also does not know anyone who lost their life on that tragic day 11 years ago.

But the Springfield man still feels led to honor those who died through a special flag display at his home off of D Street.

"It's a small display," Ridley said. "But it catches people's attention."

Ridley's display includes two U.S. flags and a different one in between that many have not seen before.

The flag is a 10th Anniversary Edition Flag of Honor. The flag includes almost three thousand names of those who were killed on 9/11.

"You can see the print is pretty small," Ridley said. "There's an awful lot of people on there. There were stock brokers, there was doctors, lawyers, nurses and a little bit of everything."

Ridley first saw this flag at the 9/11 10th anniversary last year in Salem.

"I kind of flashed back on the attack, and I was just going in to the gym to work out and we saw the first plane hit the tower," Ridley said. "It was just something that I really thought was important and really struck a cord."

After Ridley put up the display at his home, it did not take long for others to be drawn to it too.

"It really is a good reminder of how important these values are that need to be remembered," said James Yarnall, Ridley's neighbor.

So no matter how many years pass, Ridley hopes to remind all who pass by his backyard.

"The display in Salem first brought it to my attention and that's why I'm sharing it right now," Ridley said. "I just want to keep it going and never forget."

Ridley plans to keep his flag flying at least until the weather gets rainy.

All proceeds from the 10th Anniversary Edition Flags that are purchased will go to the families of 9/11 victims.