Patriotism and peace are the themes for two events today in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
- At 9 a.m., flags that draped the coffins of two Tucson veterans of World War II will be raised on poles recently reinstalled on the Chase Building downtown, 2 E. Congress St.
The flags were donated to Flags for the Flagless by the families of Alvin E. Miller, a sergeant in the Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1944 who died in 1989; and Joseph C. Yanek, a command sergeant major in the Army from 1942 to 1973. Yanek, who also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars, died in 2008.
Two Tucson police officers – Charley Foley and Brad Clark — started Flags for the Flagless earlier this year to raise American flags on unused or abandoned flagpoles in the Tucson area.
The burial flags will fly for 24 hours, then two new American flags will be raised in honor of Foley’s father, Charles “Bud” Foley, who served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.
- Tonight, at 7, Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road, will host “The Courage for Peace: An Evening of Stories and Prayer.”
The free event will feature stories from people affected by violence and hatred who respond with peace, according to an event organizer.
For information about “The Courage for Peace,” call Temple Emanu-El at 327-4501.
Learn more about Flags for the Flagless on the organization’s Facebook page.