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For four years now, Chuck Brendel has been raising this 60' by 30' American Flag on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

A veteran himself, seeing Old Glory flying like this, especially on this day, is truly a patriotic sight.

"I do it for a reason, for remembrance for all who dies for that flag, especially the firefighters and the first responders," said Brendel. "The firefighters, to me, are God's angels, along with EMTs."

For the firefighters who were apart raising this flag, it's all about bringing awareness, so people never forget what happened 12 years ago.

"I just want them to remember the fallen," said firefighter Gary Rictor, with West Lake Fire Department. "That's why we're here, to remember the fallen, everybody, civilians and firefighters, and everybody."

"I think that the general public forgets, unless they see another incident," said Captain Charles Davis, with Kearsarge Fire Department. "With us standing out here every year, it reminds them that it's not over. It goes on year after year after year." 

First responders from Edinboro, West Lake and Kearsarge were among the departments there for the remembrance service.

They say their line of work is like a family, and even though many did not personally know those who risked their lives on September 11, 2001, coming together this way to remember them, just solidifies the brotherhood.

"It doesn't really matter if you knew the firefighter, whether is was your sister, your brother, your cousin, a distant person, somebody you've never met. They're still your brother or your sister," said Davis. "We will bend over backwards and sometimes risk out own lives for each one of us, even if we don't know each other."

Brendel's flag flew at the intersection of West 12th Street and Peninsula Drive for four hours.

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