PRESS RELEASE – The Patriot Flag, a memorial flag which is making its way across the United States, will fly at Arvest Ballpark Monday evening as part of the Naturals’ season-opening homestand in honor of the first response victims of the 9/11 attacks. It also honors the public safety personnel who remain on the job today willing to risk their lives for others.
The 30-foot by 56-foot flag weighs 75 pounds and has been traveling from one city fire department to the next since last September. The cross country tour began in San Diego on August 10th, 2010 and ends back in San Diego in September 2011. After the tour, the flag will travel to Pennsylvania, New York City, and The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia on September 11th, Washington D.C. on September 12th, Arlington Cemetery on September 13th, and Fort McHenry, MD – where Francis Scott Key wrote our national anthem — on September 14th.
As of Saturday, the flag has visited 88 cities in 32 states and traveled over 73,000 miles, heading as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska and as far south as West Palm Beach, Florida.
The ‘Patriot Tour’ is scheduled to stop in multiple cities in every state to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Thursday, the flag was raised in Fort Smith at the Fort Smith National Historic Site and in the past week it has visited or is scheduled to visit Spiro, Sallisaw, McAlester, and Poteau in Oklahoma, and both Fayetteville and Rogers in Northwest Arkansas.
“It is truly an honor to be a host site for the raising of the Patriot Flag,” said Naturals’ General Manager Eric Edelstein. “The entire nation was affected by the events of 9/11, and knowing that this flag will move on to fly over Ground Zero allows all of us to pay our respects to those who lost their lives that day.”
At Arvest Ballpark, the honorary flag will be raised by the Springdale Fire Department. The flag was donated to the World Memorial by a group of Escondido, CA businessmen via the American Legion Post 149 in Escondido.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark, located in Springdale. Visit our website, nwanaturals.com, for information on season tickets and ticket plans.