343 American Flags to Be Flown to Honor Fallen 9/11 Firefighters

September 11, 2018 Updated: September 11, 2018

More than 300 American flags will be displayed on Sept. 11, by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to remember the New York City firefighters who died in the attacks in their city on 9/11, fire officials said on Sept. 10.

Sept. 11 is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and 343 New York City firefighters perished in the act of terrorism.

California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, which is based in Menlo Park, responded to the tragedy to help with rescuing people and with recovery efforts.

The task force also helped to develop and reconstruct a backup rescue system for the city, the only one, when it was discovered more attacks were likely.

More than 2,600 people died at the World Trade Center where airlines flew into both towers on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, according to The 9/11 Commission Report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

A third airliner crashed into the western face of the Pentagon and a fourth plane crashed in a field in southern Pennsylvania, all in the same morning.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the four crashes, a toll greater than the number killed at Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Task Force 3 is one of only 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency Task Forces across the nation.

By Keith Burbank