Parkville High School hosts a patriotic and stirring display to commemorate 9/11


"It's beautiful, isn't it?"

The motorist, waiting for the light to change at Putty Hill Avenue and Kings Ridge Road on a recent weekday, nodded her head towards thousands of small, bright American flags planted along the sidewalk in front of Parkville High School. Fluttering in the breeze, the flags – 2,574 of them – stretched in solemn rows from Harford Road on the east all the way to Old Harford Road on the west. 

The motorist and scores of other passersby couldn't help but be moved by the display stretching the length of Parkville High and beyond. Since 2011, the display has been a project of the Hope and Peace Foundation, a Parkville-based group that honors the 2,977 people who died on September 11, 2001. In addition to the flags fronting Parkville High, additional flags representing each of the victims of 9/11 were placed at the Parkville fire station and police precinct.


Early on Friday, September 6, students in the Junior ROTC program at Parkville High School assisted in placing each of the flags along Putty Hill Avenue, according to Parkville High Principal Matthew Ames.

"Our school is not only fortunate to be on the route where all of these flags are displayed," Ames said, "but fortunate to be in a community where so many people take pride in our country and put together events such as this that honor and remember those who were lost on 9/11."

The display will remain through Wednesday, September 11. At 7:30 p.m. on September 11, the organization will sponsor a candlelight vigil near the school to honor those who perished a dozen years ago.

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