Boston Police are investigating an incident in which dozens of miniature American flags placed in honor of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks were knocked down or damaged.
Members of Project 351 and the Mass 9/11 Fund planted 2,997 miniature flags in the Boston Public Garden on Wednesday evening, representing the total death toll in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pa., Two decades ago. A special section of the garden was dedicated to the 205 residents of Massachusetts who lost their lives in the attacks.
As of Thursday morning, dozens of flags were folded, broken or hung on the sidewalk and signs describing the significance of the memorial were stolen. Garbage cans have also been overturned, WBZ reported.
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“It’s definitely heartbreaking. I think of the families. It’s a very difficult week for them,” Carolyn Casey, founder of the nonprofit Project 351, told the Boston Herald. “There were dozens of flags down, for sure. Some were completely down, some were tilted or bent.”
Boston police arrived at the memorial site around 8 a.m. Thursday and are now investigating the vandalism incident. Memorial organizers have re-erected the flags and are coordinating with the parks department to ensure the flags are not disturbed until Sunday.
“I just don’t understand, honestly, what would motivate someone to do something like this,” Casey added in an interview with WBZ.
“I also think of the families of the military whose relatives responded,” she added to the Herald. “By the time I got there, there were already volunteers who wanted to be a part of the recreation of the garden – people who had no connection with it. They just wanted to redo the entire garden. I just focus. on this spirit of unity. “
Compared to the Boston Public Gardens Memorial, the atmosphere of Boston Logan International Airport is rarely visited despite its significant connection to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Five terrorists passed cutters aboard American Flight 11 before it took off from Logan nonstop for Los Angeles on the morning of September 11, 2001. Five other hijackers did the same on United Flight 175 Airlines before it left Boston nonstop for Los Angeles. Both aircraft were Boeing 767s.
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At 8:46 a.m. that day, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center between the 94th and 99th floors. Then at 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower between the 78th and 84th floors. 2,753 people at Ground Zero were killed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.