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In the aftermath of the 9-11 attack on New York City’s Twin Towers, an American flag was flown over the rubble during rescue and recovery efforts. The image of that flag and the rescue workers atop the rubble is one familiar to most Americans. That particular American flag has become the United States Honor Flag. The Honor Flag originally flew over the Texas State Capitol Building. Shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks, the flag was sent to New York City, where it was flown at ground zero and at memorial services. Family members of 9-11 victims requested the flag be used for all other emergency response and military service men and women around the nation, honoring them just as the heroes of 9/11 were honored. In the years since it has traveled extensively to pay tribute to and honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting our lives, our homes and our country. The Honor Flag has flown for over a thousand fallen American heroes.
When the United States Honor Flag makes a stop, you will notice the people handling the flag wearing white gloves. More than uniformity and cleanliness, the white gloves represent honor.
The U.S. Flag protocol requires that new white gloves be used each time the flag is handled. A new pair is kept in the flag’s case at all times. When the Honor Flag is flown at fallen service personnel’s memorials; the white gloves used in the ceremony are gifted to the soldier’s family as a remembrance of the serviceman’s sacrifice.
Wednesday, the United States Honor Flag will arrive in Kansas to honor Sergeant David Enzbrenner, who gave his life in service to the people of his home town, Atchison, Kansas. American Airlines is bringing the Honor Flag to the Kansas City International Airport at 2:05 PM where it will be received by Atchison Police and a large contingent of area law enforcement officers. From KCI, the flag will travel to Atchison where it will be on display during all services for Sergeant Enzbrenner. Visitation will be held Wednesday December 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the United Methodist Church, 501 Kansas Avenue, Atchison, Kansas, 66002. Enzbrenner’s funeral will be Thursday December 15th, at 11:00 A.M. at the Ralph Nolan Gym on the Benedictine College campus, 1020 N. 2nd Street, Atchison. Following the service burial will be at Sunset Memory Garden, 10254 Highway 7, Atchison.
A contingent from the Eudora Police Department will be traveling to and assisting the Atchison Police Department during the funeral, according to Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker.