Marlborough remembers 9/11 victims with flags display


By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Volunteers place American flags on the Walker Building lawn.
Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – Volunteers placed 3.000 American flags Sept. 6 on the Walker Building lawn in Marlborough for a week-long tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The tradition began in 2011 with a 9/11 10th anniversary ceremony organized by Rob Seymour, a former Ward 5 city councilor. Each year since then he has organized the flags display in conjunction with Department of Public Works Commissioner John Ghiloni. The flags are provided by the city.

While placing flags, Seymour said, “For our parents and grandparents, Pearl Harbor made a big impact on them. The 9/11 attacks had that impact on our generation. Everybody remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the attacks.”

Seymour hopes that the city’s annual remembrance is extended to the next generation.

“I always encourage parents with young children to take them to see these flags,” he said.

The flags are displayed through Friday, Sept. 13.