Patriot’s Day is time of remembrance


September 11, 2017

Most adults still remember where they were the morning of that tragic day 16 years ago. And while what happened on 9/11 spurred many Americans into action of all types — joining the military, donating to causes, even simply hugging their loved ones a little more tightly — it inspired one Ohio pest management professional to create a visual reminder of the American way of life.

Last year, former Senior Editor Will Nepper talked about the Flag Bridge:

The Belknap family, whose company, Capital City Exterminating, has been around since 1943, created what’s affectionately known as “The Flag Bridge.” Prior to their contribution, the Park Road Bridge was just an overpass bridge over I-71 (just outside Columbus, Ohio). However, after the devastating events of 9/11, the Belknaps decided to honor those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks, as well as the men and women who serve in our military, by adorning the bridge with 78 American flags, a tradition that continues to this day… 

The Belknap family incurs the expenses related to the flags on display and maintains the flags throughout the year. Donations and volunteers for maintaining the flags are welcome. See their Facebook page “Westerville Flag Bridge” for details.


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Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 330-321-9754.

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