Annual remembrance will include the Never Forget Youth Art Exhibition & Contest.
The volunteers worked like a precision team on the front lawn at Lohman Funeral Home on Granada Boulevard on Saturday.
Within half an hour 1,500 flags had been put into place by members of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Boy Scout Troop 65, Atlantic High School ALAG, community members, and Lohman staff.
“The community came out to help us and give their support,” Manager Jerry Hart said. “They did this five times faster than they did last year.”
Sgt. Chris Rego of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office wore a blue memory band bearing the names of Officer Matt Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard, Kissimmee police officers killed in the line of duty just the week before. Rego, who heads up the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, was one of several deputies who were helping out on their day off.
Boy Scout Troop 65 of Daytona Beach, and Diana Rodriquez of the Atlantic High School Academy of Law and Government, were also among those who helped with the flag display.
This year the annual September 11 remembrance service will be at the Ormond Beach Lohman’s Funeral Home. At the service there will be a banner for the community to write notes of thanks and appreciation to their local first responders.
“We will have our formal service inside the funeral home this year,” Hart said. “Last year we were watching the weather and there was really no place to hang the art exhibition. “
The “Never Forget Tribute Youth Art Exhibit & Contest” features the artwork of sixth- through 12th-grade students in Volusia County, local youth clubs and scout troops. The art theme is, “Honoring and Remembering September 11, 2001.”
“This is our way of honoring the veterans, first responders, and all who lost their lives on 9/11,” Outreach Director Leslie Fisk said.