Memorial flags dot the lawn of local bank |

Memorial flags dot the lawn of local bank

Four-year-old Kayle Downs helps place flags in front of the Yampa Valley Bank last year as part of a memorial honoring the victims of the terrorist attack on Sept 11, 2001. The memorial, which includes one American flag for every victim of the attack, was organized by Steamboat Springs High School freshman Kyle Case.
John F. Russell

— As he did in 2015, Yampa Valley High School student Kyle Case has planted flags on the lawn of Yampa Valley Bank as part of his 9/11 Never Forget Project.

But this year, the number of flags has grown to 5,000 to encompass the 2,100 deaths of workers and volunteers who have since died, in addition to the 2,996 who perished in the attacks.

Case is raising money again this year to support another family in need.

“The money raised this year will go to a local family from the police, EMTs or firefighters (community) that might need some help,” Case wrote in a news release. “We don’t know who yet, but what we do know is every penny that’s donated will be given to that family.”

Last year, the proceeds amounting to $3,000 were donated to Steamboat resident and former New York City firefighter Kevin Nerney, who was battling brain cancer and has since died. Nerney was living in Steamboat Springs when the 9/11 attack took place and hurried back to Ground Zero to aid his former comrades.

Donations may be made to directly through the Yampa Valley Bank/911NFP account, or online at

Case, a student in the new CEO class at the high school, would welcome help removing the flags on Sept. 12. He can be reached at 970-846-9754.

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