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Frodo
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I finally sat down and wrote something. It is a little long for the Q/A, but it is the history of the event. Comments and suggestions are welcome…

The “Flags on the 48” event was established because of a horrific terrorist attack that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.

On Sept. 14th, 2001, several regular posters on the AMC websites’ Hiker Journal Forum banded together and planned a following day hike up Mt Liberty with the biggest flag the could acquire…

On Sept. 15th, 2001, 6 hikers met at the “White House” Trailhead armed with a 96 sq ft American flag, 30 feet of pvc tubing, 100 feet of rope, 2 rolls of duct tape, and a mountainful of pride and determination. At noon the flag was raised on the summit of Mt. Liberty in a tribute to all of the 3000+ innocent people who perished a few days earlier. A small gesture for such a gigantic loss…

The patriotic gesture received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, and a few weeks later a committee formed to establish a larger memorial for the one year anniversary, hence, the Flags on the 48 was born….

On Sept. 14th, 2002, several hundred patriotic compassionate souls embarked on a journey to raise flags on all of the summits of the 48 4,000+ foot mountains in NH. Still just a small gesture for such an incredible loss, but the feedback from all of the participants was overwhelming…

On Sept. 13th, 2003, we will be continuing this memorial to unite the hiking community in a show of support to all of the families and communities who suffered tragic losses that day, and to all of of the people who have died serving this great country to preserve our freedom.

On every mountain top, let freedom ring…