WISCONSIN EMS ASSOCIATION to Participate in National 9/11 Freedom Flag Raising...
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WISCONSIN EMS ASSOCIATION to Participate in National 9/11
Freedom Flag Raising “Call to Action” on Patriot Day 2021
Nationwide Call to Action to strengthen 9/11 education and remembrance.
Wind Lake, WI — Wisconsin EMS Association is pleased to participate in the National Freedom Flag Raising Call to Action on Patriot Day, Sept. 11, 2021, marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our Nation. As a participant in this Call to Action, the Wisconsin EMS Association will receive a 9/11 Freedom Flag from the Freedom Flag Foundation to be flown annually on Patriot Day below the US Flag through the month of September. The Freedom Flag was created outside of Richmond, VA as a simple sketch on a napkin that ultimately became Virginia’s Official Flag of Remembrance for 9/11 (VAC §1-510). Today, the Freedom Flag is our nation’s only codified 9/11 flag of remembrance, and it has been flown or displayed in over 1,000 schools and in nearly every state in the US.
September 11, 2001 was the deadliest attack on US soil since the Civil War and the deadliest terrorist attack in world history. In total, 2,977 lives were lost in New York City, at the Pentagon (Arlington Co., VA) and on Flight 93 (near Shanksville, PA), including citizens from 90 foreign nations. Since 9/11, thousands of first responders have perished from 9/11-related illnesses (a toll that is still rising), and thousands of US soldiers have paid the ultimate sacrifice during the global war on terror. Over 70 million children have been born in the US, meaning that over 20% of our population has no living memory of 9/11.
Through this Call to Action, the Wisconsin EMS Association and the Freedom Flag Foundation share a commitment to uphold America’s promise to “Never Forget” using the symbolism of the Freedom Flag.
This Call to Action is sponsored by the Freedom Flag Foundation (Richmond, VA), which is establishing partnerships in all 50 states to educate the next generation about 9/11 using the Freedom Flag, World Trade Center (WTC) Steel artifacts from the 92-95th floors of Tower 1, and the story of the Freedom Flag in book form: Unfurling the Freedom Flag – A 9/11 Story. The mission of the Freedom Flag Foundation is to establish the Freedom Flag as a National Symbol of Remembrance for the events of September 11, 2001.
The Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA) represents and supports the views and interests of our membership in Wisconsin communities by promoting education, sharing information, and facilitating legislative action. Founded in 1973, WEMSA currently has over 6,000 individual members representing over 375 EMS Departments, businesses, first responder organizations, and allied EMS organizations.
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