Flags mark route of 9/11 march

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Nearly 3,000 flags line Main Street, the route of today's "March to the Mountain," a 6.5 mile walk recalling the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed commercial jets into the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The march is the brainchild of four Bartow Countians — Dustin Dickens, Patrick Nelson, Brad Cowart and Erika Wyant — in an effort to ensure that the day is not forgotten.

"The main purpose is to honor and remember," Dickens said. "We want to make sure that our children and our children's children never forget this day and always honor those whose lives were lost." 

The walk begins at the West Loop of Pine Mountain, on Komatsu Drive, at 9:11 a.m. Walkers will cross the Interstate Highway 75 bridge and follow East Main Street through downtown Cartersville, stopping to greet World War II and Korean War veterans at the Fite Living Center. Lunch will be held at Ingles on West Avenue, then walkers will return to Pine Mountain.