Oskaloosa holds 20th anniversary tribute to lives lost on 9/11

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 8:22 PM CDT
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2,996 flags, one for each person who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 as part of a 72 hour vigil held in Oskaloosa for the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

One of those flags honored the life of Frank Kminek’s sister Mari-Rae Sopper, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon.

“I don’t need to remember. I remember on my own. There’s something about that day,” Kminek shared of the day. “I got a call from my mother and she said really worried about your sister. Today was her moving day. She said she flew out of DC.”

He says shortly after his family got a call from the airline confirming she had been on the plane.

“So, we lost her that day. It was a really really dark day.” But, having the thousands of flags in the town’s square to help remember not only his sister but the others lost on that day means so much 20 years later.

Another flag flying in Oskaloosa, one that flew at Ground Zero at the site of the destruction of World Trade Center...

The flag, still covered in debris from that day.

Oskaloosa-based company Musco Lighting provided lighting for recovery operations to two of those crash site 20 years ago.

The 9/11 tribute vigil is open 24/7 now in the Oskaloosa town square until Sunday afternoon.

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