Veteran holds flag to honor victims, first responders on 9/11
ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. (WENY) -- While communities across the country hold remembrance ceremonies for the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, one man in Elmira Heights has his own way of honoring the fallen.
If you were driving through Elmira Heights at any point throughout the day on Wednesday, you most likely saw him. Marine Corps Veteran Don Braund had been standing on the sidewalk since 7:30 a.m., holding the American flag.
He says it's a way to show support for the first responders and veterans, especially for those who served during the 9/11 attacks. It's also a gesture to show appreciation for first responders who continue to protect us today.
"The attack on the nation is the biggest attack since Pearl Harbor and a lot of people, a lot of civilians lost their lives, and a lot of vets have lost their lives since. And the first responders are...their our life support, in every way," Braund says.
He added that the public's response has been overall positive and supportive; some people have even brought him water and food. However he says the focus is meant to be on patriotism.
Braund tells WENY News he plans to stand, holding the flag, until his legs get tired.