K. Mennem 6:15 p.m., May 21
On March 1, 2011 The Patriot Flag made a brief San Diego stopover this morning on its way from Hawaii to an appearance Montana. According to Mitch Mendler, Patriot Flag President, the flag is scheduled to fly in all 50 states in 50 weeks, with a last stop at the World Trade Center site. It has flown in 27 states and 70 cities since Sept 10, 2010. The intended message is “to the world and families that we still stand united and we have not forgotten!”
The Flag is a huge 30 x 58 feet. This morning it was flown for 30 minutes from a ladder truck at the apparatus maintenance station at the south end of Kearney Villa Road. Norm, a maintenance employee, said the ladder on the truck reaches 105 feet. The station employees were selected to unfurl and hoist the flag to place emphasis on “all public safety personnel and to remember the work they perform behind the scenes.”
This morning’s event was attended by only a few individuals, mostly station staff and a couple area news crews. Morning travelers, however, were treated to a rather big surprise on their commute to and from the Aero Drive area. According to Mr. Mendler, on January 24, 2011, the flag was witnessed by an audience of over 35,000 in Miami during the funeral of two police officers.