Touching Tribute - 9-12-17
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Kyle Case was a toddler when 9/11 happened. But his mom, Laura, reminded both her boys about the lives lost. Three years ago, as a young teenager, Kyle decided to DO something to make sure other people remembered.
Kyle decided to plant a small American flag for each life lost. He asked community members to sponsor flags at $1 each. The money he raised was given to a local first reponder to help with medical bills.
Kyle approached Yampa Valley Bank about planting the flags on their front lawn. They front US40, the main highway through town, and provide great visibility for the tribute.
The first year Kyle planted those flags mostly by himself. As people have seen the flags appear on 9/11, more folks have wanted to be involved.
This year there were volunteers from the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and Civil Air Patrol cadets helping set up the 9/11 flags.
Kathleen Walsh took all the photos above, documenting how this effort has taken hold in our community. Shannon Lukens also captured a few photos of firefighters, police, and community members planting flags:
And the flags flying in remembrance:
I've reached that age where it's easy to shake my head about the youth of today. Kyle Case reminds me there are kids with heart launching into this world. He will be graduating and leaving the valley, and this year he made sure this project will go forward by finding a group to take it over in future years.