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posted: 7/2/2011 7:00 AM

NY park to get 3,000 flags for 9/11 anniversary

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Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Nearly 3,000 flags bearing the names of 9/11 victims will go up in a park near ground zero for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

John Michelotti, a former engineer from Greenwich, Conn., came up with the idea. He says NYC Memorial Field will be open Sept. 8-12.

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Only victims' families will have access to the new 9/11 memorial on Sept. 11.

Michelotti wants others to have a place to reflect on the tragic events. The flags will be mounted on 7 1/2-foot poles, low enough for visitors to hold and read the names.

Michelotti has previously displayed several hundred flags in Battery Park.

He says the city parks department has granted a permit for the flags.

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