Salisbury students plant flags for victims of 9/11

BRYAN EATON/Staff photoMembers of the Salisbury Lions Club and their junior chapter, the Leo/Keystone Club, planted a few hundred flags on the Salisbury Town Common on Monday afternoon. They placed the flags in memory of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

SALISBURY — A group of five Salisbury Leo/Keystone Club members, ages 13 to 15, spent part of Monday afternoon placing American flags on the Town Common in memory of the more than 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

“We want to remind people not to forget 9/11,” Claudette Beerman-Allen said. “As the years go on, we don’t always see the patriotic flags flying as much as they did when it was still fresh in our minds. Some of the kids weren’t even born when 9/11 happened and, if they were, they were so little, they don’t have any knowledge of it.”

Beerman-Allen is the president of the Salisbury Lions Club as well as the co-adviser of the Salisbury Leo/Keystone Club along with Katie Beal.

The club is run in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Merrimack Valley and has 22 members from ages 12 to 18.

“The Leo/Keystone Club is the high school/teenage level of the Lions,” Beerman-Allen said. “In the past, they have helped the Lions with their annual spring spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Whatever projects the Lions are doing, the Leos help out.”

Leo/Keystone member Trevian Vo, 15, said he wanted to memorialize those who lost their lives on 9/11 so something equally as horrible doesn’t happen again.

“The police officers and firefighters who rushed into (the World Trade Center) are kind of what you want to be,” Vo said. “There are no second thoughts when you are rushing into a fire or a falling building. You are supposed to do what you are supposed to do to help people and make sure everyone is not hurt.”

Leo/Keystone member Kayla Whitty, 13, said she was thankful to pay tribute to the fallen.

“My dad was in the Army when it happened,” she said. “I like to give back to my community and I like the people” in the Leo/Keystone Club.

Lions and the Leo/Keystone members took part in the flag planting.

“Wherever there is a need, a Lion will be there,” Beerman-Allen said.

The Leo/Keystone members will spend Wednesday helping their neighbors by cleaning up Salisbury Beach because 9/11 is considered a national day of service.

“I want to make the community better, cleaner and a place where people can roam around without seeing any messes,” Vo said.

The Leo/Keystone members will also gather in October to put together candy bags for Halloween.

“They’re always doing something,” Beerman-Allen said.

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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