Local Story 1 9/11 Memorial
As another anniversary of 9/11 comes and goes, KARE-11 and KSTP channel 5 take the opportunity to show how much this historical event means to some people with a story of a man who handed out American flags to motorists during morning rush hour on the anniversary of 9/11.
Billy Bishop of Brooklyn Park has done this every year, passing flags to drivers who stop at the intersection of Zane Avenue and Brooklyn Boulevard as a way to remember what happened on the fateful day of September 11th, 2001. According to KSTP, Bishop believes the flags are another way for people to communicate their feelings of 9/11 as many may not have the words to express their emotions. Bishop's gesture of courtesy did not go unnoticed. Drivers who missed him at the light came back to pick up a flag.
Dana Thiede of KARE-11 used Bishop's story in a different context. Bishop tells Thiede that he believes people are forgetting about 9/11 after six years and use that as a transition to an interview with a University of Minnesota social science professor who believes that many citizens haven't forgotten because of unresolved issues, such as the ongoing Iraq war. Dr. Pauline Boss states that people must be allowed to grieve, but must also be encouraged to reflect on the positives of a post 9/11 world, saying that moving on doesn't mean forgetting 9/11.