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Le Mars honors service, sacrifice

(LE MARS)--Fire fighters carefully unfolded the Patriot Flag outside the Le Mars Convention Center Saturday for a somber reminder of the price of freedom the flag represents.



Le Mars fire fighters held the Stars and Stripes as the 30 by 58 foot flag was anchored from the aerial ladder truck baskets of the Le Mars and Sioux Center Fire Departments and then hoisted from the ground as fire fighters walked with the flag and held it until the final ladders' extensions. Applause from an audience that filled the parking lot followed with many saying, "That's a big flag."



For more than an hour, people lined up to have their photographs taken with the flag or to simply capture the image of Old Glory on video camera, digital cameras and cell phone cameras.

Fire fighters from Le Mars, Sioux City, Sioux Center, and Orange City who were among 17 firefighters from northwest Iowa who walked 26 blocks for the funerals in New York after 9/11. They posed for a picture in front of a banner with the Patriot Flag, "Never Forget." The names of those who died formed the lines of the letters of the words.

 

The program after the flag raising featured speakers from the sponsors of the flag display.

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Inside the Le Mars Convention Center, a memory book was signed by those who came to see the flag.

 

Sioux Center fire fighters were among those signing on the book's pages with their fire fighters uniform patches.

 

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