American flags lined Main Street in Chatham today as locals once again mourned the loss of those Americans who lost their lives 19 years ago.

Dozens of flags peppered Main Street from the corner of Main and Center Street down to Depot Street.

"It was started by the Hurts," Chatham mayor Will Pace said. "It's a very nice gesture – they do the flags up and down the main portion of Main Street every year."

Margaret Hurt started setting the flags up yesterday morning.

"The grandchildren, Henry [Hurt] and I started about five years ago after the Lions Club couldn't do it anymore, I just hated not having the flags up," Hurt said. " I asked their permission to take it over and they were very gracious about it."

The Lions Club first gave the Hurts about two dozen flags, but the ensemble has now become 45 flags, including four memorial flags where local residents can place a plaque to honor a victim that was close to them.

"They’ve been doing it before I moved to Chatham, so quite a while," Pace said.

U.S., Virginia and county flags flew half-mast in front of the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office building today as well. Locals spent the morning walking the streets, pausing to reflect.

"We will never forget what happened on 9/11," Pace continued. "A very tragic day in our country’s history, but we bounded together and united. We'll never forget those who lost their lives."

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