INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis man continues to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 by waving an American flag at 56th Street over Interstate 465. He told 24-Hour News 8 he has been in the same spot for 15 years.
The flag is a reminder to each and every one of us to never forget what happened that day.
In the spot where the sidewalk meets the concrete wall overlooking I-465, James Clark started his day before the sun was up to remember those who died on 9/11.
“I can only imagine in those final moments in those staircases in those smoke filled rooms,” said Clark.
The only time Clark moved was to thank someone for thanking him. He’s stood in this spot 15 years ago today.
“I keep going back to the nearly 3,000 people that died that day,” said Clark.
Clark came to the spot just a few hours after the terror attacks.
“I watched one of the cable news stations pan out over the Potomac River about a mile out and there appeared to be a homeless man or a veteran down on his luck but he was holding an enormous branch with a flag tied to. And he was crying in a way that moved me,” Clark remembers.
After seeing that he came with his flag and he stood.
“I thought how powerful that was that if it could move me in seconds to action,” said Clark.
He’s come to this same spot every year since.
“I can only imagine in those final moments in those staircases in those smoke filled rooms, that horrific desperate place that probably people were displaying acts of love and kindness if nothing else to soothe the fear of others around them,” Clark said.
He said that children, sisters, brothers, moms and dad are the ones who did not make it home that evening and because of that he continues to stand and wave the flag to honor those victims.