9/11 is a day none of us will ever forget. To honor those who lost their lives that day, local business owner Jimmy Clark raises an American flag for 12 straight hours above the 465 overpass on 56th street. Today, marks his 11th consecutive year doing it.

“The way I look at it now,” says Clark, who served in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1980s, is that “3,000 people died that day, and as a nation we can’t afford to forget the sacrifice these people made. I’d bet everything I own that all 3,000 of those people exhibited acts of love toward a total stranger in the moments before they died, and I’m out there to honor them.”

Clark recalls the moments and the feelings as if they happened just yesterday, and the deep admiration resonates from his voice with every sentence spoken about that day.

”I love this country,” he said. “I’m a patriot. I don’t necessarily trust the government 100 percent of the time, but I’m still a true patriot and I think you can be both.”

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