Local man continues flag holding tradition post 9/11

Local man continues tradition of holding flag after 9/11

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Every September 11, you can find Chris Burke standing with a flag at different spots around Louisville to honor those who lost their lives 15 years ago in New York when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.

Burke says after seeing the attack back in 2001, he purchased an American flag and stood with it for hours in front of the McMahon Fire Department.

In his 15 years, he says he’s favorite memories come from the people he’s met but there’s one that stands out.

“An African-American woman came up and hugged me. She said, ‘can I hug you?’ and I went ‘yes’ and that was the day of 9/11. So that was alright you know? Together. Everyone. It doesn’t matter what color somebody is. You can’t look at that.

Burke says his first stop is always the McMahon Fire Department as a way to show his appreciation for our nation’s first responders and military members. 


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