9/11 flag waving memorial

This year the firefighters from the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company participating in the annual 9/11 flag waving in Joppa Tuesday will be seen with a restored 1958 Ward La France fire truck. The truck’s original Number 343 is the same as the number of firefighters who were lost in the tragedy of 9/11. The fire truck was restored by Leroy Edmunds Jr. of Joppa and his son Leroy Edmunds III. (Photo courtesy of Leroy Edmunds Jr. / September 6, 2012)

Harford Del. Pat McDonough, along with volunteer firefighters and community groups, will host the annual flag-waving remembrance tribute to the victims and families of 9/11 in Joppa Tuesday on the 11th anniversary of the national tragedy.

Flag waving event is open to the public and will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Route 152 overpass at I- 95. There will be plenty of free parking at the park and ride on Mountain Road (Route 152).

This year the firefighters from the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company participating in the flag waving will be seen with a restored 1958 Ward La France fire truck.

The truck's original Number 343 is the same as the number of firefighters who were lost in the tragedy of 9/11.


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The fire truck was found by Leroy Edmunds III, a Baltimore County fireman, in a farmer's field where it sat deteriorating for twenty years.

Edmunds then asked his father, Leroy Edmunds, Jr. if he could move the truck to the father's Joppa home. It was there that the father and son team began to restore the Number 343 Ward La France. The project took the pair more than three years to complete.

The flag waving is open to anyone who would like to join. Please bring your own flag.

"We encourage people to bring their families, friends, and flags on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 4 to 6 in the afternoon," McDonough said.

For additional information, contact McDonough at 410-238-0025 or by e-mail to Patmcdee@comcast.net.