Scott Townley will never forget the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and the plane that went down in a Pennsylvania field 18 years ago. The feeling of helplessness, hopelessness and worry that consumed our nation.
Though many firefighters journeyed to the towers, Townley was one who remained behind. Just four days after the attacks, the Orange County Fire Authority Firefighter painted a large sign and posted it, and 50 small waving American flags, in his front yard.
Townley never has.
That memorial drew flags, flowers, teddy bears, candles, and other items from those who stopped to pay their respects. He decided to continue the monument annually.
Each year, he has it placed by Sept. 6 in the front yard of his Fullerton home, where it remains until Sept. 12.