In all parts of the country Tuesday, those who lost their lives on September 11 were remembered.
For the first responders who risked their lives to those who never came home, one man in Colorado Springs is holding the American flag high.
“Just out here, proud to be an American, out here showing respect to the first responders and honoring the victims that were lost,” Criss Seal said.
Every September 11 for the past 17 years, Seal has walked the intersection of Academy Boulevard and Galley Road, holding the American flag for 12 hours.
“We’re still America, the United States, and that’s why I’m going to stand strong and stand firm with it, with a lot of other believers and a lot of other supporters,” Seal said.
Many have joined Seal’s journey, including Mike Douglas.
“I can’t do what he’s doing, but I can stand behind him and help him out wherever I can,” Douglas said.
Douglas said he helps get Seal water and food whenever he needs it, saying it’s important to support the cause.
Seal said he chose the area of Academy and Galley because he knows it’s always busy, and he lived just a block from the intersection when 9/11 happened.
Seal said the first year he did it, he walked just five hours, but seeing the support and wanting to do more, he’s bumped that up to 12 hours every year since.