Each flag will represent one individual
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) April 17, 2007
The Respond With Love Flag Garden is again be gracing the Plymouth Township Bicentennial Park in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. A total of 7,971 flags* are in place in this garden to honor all those men and women who have died in service for their country and those men and women who have died in acts of terror during World War III.
April 18, 2007, will be the beginning of the 25th year of World War III.
"Each flag will represent one individual," explains Richard A. McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of America Responds With Love, Inc. "We want to recognize all of the individuals who have died as a result of armed conflicts and acts of terror during World War III. Each person was loved. Each person has family and friends that miss them. We want to remember the lives of each person."
The number of flags is based on the number of Americans killed while in service to their country throughout the world, the number of Americans killed in acts of terror throughout the world, and the number of other nationals killed in acts of terror on American soil.
Since April 18, 1983, there have at least 53 acts of terror and armed conflicts in which Americans have died and other nationals have died on American soil. World War III began on that date with the bombing on the American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; 63 people died in that attack. Included in the total are the 2,973 people and two law enforcement canines who died in the coordinated attacks on America on September 11, 2001, in the City of New York, New York; in Arlington, Virginia; and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Also included in the total are the 380 Americans that have died in service to their country during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and 3,308 Americans who have died in service to their country during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.
"The Respond With Love Flag Garden is designed to recognize the lives of each person," said McDonough. "The individuals we remember represent every race, many nationalities, and all of the major religions, including Baha'is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and Muslims. Each person is worthy of respect and dignity. We should acknowledge their lives had meaning, value, and their families are grieving for their losses."
"We also will include the flags of other nations to honor all victims of these types of terrorists since April 18, 1983. A number of countries, including Canada, Israel, and Japan lost citizens during the attack on the World Trade Center. Other nations have had citizens killed while serving in action, including such nations as the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, and Poland. Other nations have had citizens killed in terror attacks on their own soil, including such nations as Egypt, Lebanon, and Pakistan. The attacks this past week in Algeria show the extent of the terror. The people of Afghanistan and Iraq face such situations on an almost daily basis. We honor all of the victims of the Islamist terrorists."
"Because we do not have an accurate number of the victims of other nations of this type of terror, we also include a display of flowers. This is a way to say we remember you but we don't know who you are or how many of you there are."
The Respond With Love Flag Garden will be on display through April 22, 2007. There is no cost to visit the Respond With Love Garden. Free parking is available for visitors at the adjacent Plymouth Township Municipal Building at 700 Belvoir Road in Plymouth Meeting.
America Responds With Love, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides products and services to people truly in need throughout the United States. During the past 24 years, the organization has been--for the most part--very quiet about its work. Since 1982, more than 103,000 people in emergency need have been housed through the programs of America Responds With Love throughout the United States.
Through the Respond With Love® Program, individual donors have the ability to choose how their specific donation is used--for which specific products and services, for which specific issues, and in which specific regions. America Responds With Love then uses the donations for the specific products and services and provides them to people truly in need, either directly or through local organizations.
The Respond With Love Program allows each individual donor the ability to track each of their donations. For most products and services, this means tracking each item from the time it is donated to the time each product or service is provided to a person truly in need. An information note is provided to each donor detailing non-confidential information about the actual person who benefited from their specific contribution.
- Additional flags may be added if there are additional causalities through April 22, 2007.