'We have to remember:' Visitors flock to Kennesaw for Sept. 11 memorial

9/11 attacks: 15 years later

KENNESAW, Ga. -- As memorials were held across the country to remember the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, an impressive sight at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was on display, honoring each live lost.

Exactly 2,977 American flags were planted. Just one sobering reminder of what happened 15 years ago. And as each name was read amongst a field of nearly 3,000 flags, you can find Glenn Graham with the Kiwanis Club of Marietta who has lost track of how many flags he personally put up. But he knows on Sept. 11 why he is here.

"We have to remember,” he told 11Alive’s Joe Henke. “If we don't remember, I mean the kids will forget."

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Which is why Ethan Reeves and his father Kent were there.

"It is something to remember all the people that died in it," they said.

And as the names of the 2,977 killed between New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania were read, and bells tolled for each plane crash, Marianne Burke was there to listen and remember.

The Long Island native felt the chances of someone she knew being inside the Twin Towers that day was high. She didn't expect it to be her sister Katherine Noack who was at the towers for a conference.

"I put on the news and remember watching with horror as the first plane crashed into the towers," she recalled.

But 15 years later, as many stopped to take a picture or just sit and reflect, Burke was thankful: "We are so grateful that people don't forget and that they honor and remember the events of that day."

So on the day when many flags flew at half-staff, at Kennesaw Mountain there were flags flying high – for each life lost, making sure the meaning behind the names, the flags and the today will be remembered for many more years to come.

The field of flags at Kennesaw Mountain will be on display through Friday, and after, the Marietta Kiwanis Foundation will be selling the flags for $25 dollars. They will come with certificates showing they flew in the field of flags.

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