AMESBURY — A 30-by-58-foot American flag will be hoisted in front of the Amesbury Fire Department on School Street Saturday to commemorate the victims and families of the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as members of the military.

The Patriot Flag, which is touring the country, will be suspended from the department's ladder truck from noon to 4 p.m. School Street will be closed while the flag is flown.

"This is a proud moment for Amesbury," fire Chief Jonathan Brickett said. "It is an honor for our community to be chosen to pay tribute to our nation's finest through the display of the Patriot Flag."

A group of California firefighters established the Patriot Flag with a goal of flying the large flag in all 50 states in 50 weeks to pay tribute to first responders, as well as those in the military. The program began Sept. 11, 2010, with the tour set to end at Ground Zero on Sept. 11.

The public is invited to attend the flag display in Amesbury.

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