Flag Across America Run, 2001

FlagAcrossAmerica-VLA.jpg

Description

In November 2001 NRAO-NM hosted the runners and support personnel of the "Americans United Flag Across America" run. The transcontinental memorial and fund raising effort by American and United Airlines employees honored flight crews and victims killed in the 9/11 attacks. The 3,872-mile Boston-to-Los Angeles run, begun 11 October 2001 in Boston and finished 11 November in Los Angeles, represented the intended journey of American Flight 11 and United Flight 175, both of which were flown by terrorists into the World Trade Center. The flag run arrived at the VLA early in the post-midnight morning of Monday 5 November and departed after sunrise that same morning, en route to the Arizona border. Drivers, runners, and support personnel stayed overnight at the VLA. During the night, a "VLA Night Owl Run" kept the flag moving around the VLA area until the group, including NRAO-NM employees, started west after dawn. Left to right in this early morning photo: airline person, Steve Aragon, Ramon Molina (with American flag), unknown behind Molina, Dee Friesen (Captain for American Airlines and New Mexico flag run coordinator), unknown hidden behind behind Broilo, Bob Broilo (with NM flag), Richard Murillo.
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Creator

Records of the NRAO

Relation

Photo from the Archives, NRAO eNews V11#3, 8 March 2018. Caption information from a January 2002 NRAO eNews article by Dave Finley.

Type

Still Image

Identifier

FlagAcrossAmerica-VLA.jpg

Location

Start Date

2001-11-05

Photographer

Series

Photographs Series

Unit

NRAO Employees Unit

Subunit

NRAO Social Events Subunit

Citation

Records of the NRAO, “Flag Across America Run, 2001,” NRAO/AUI Archives, accessed April 16, 2024, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/35238.