Patriot Flag flies at Seattle Center today

The Patriot Flag, a memorial flag that has been making its way across the United States since last September en route to New York City for the ten-year anniversary of 9-11 later this year, is stopping in Seattle today. The 30 x 58 foot flag will be flown at Seattle Center at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, January 4, in honor of the victims of the 9-11 attacks.

Patriot Flag in Kotzebue Alaska, 33 Miles inside the Arctic Circle, on December 22, 2010. Photo by Captain Rudy Hecker, Kotezbue Fire Dept. Used with permission courtesy of Mitch Mendler of the Patriot Flag Project.

The flag will be hanging between two 100-foot aerial ladder trucks at the south side of the International Fountain at Seattle Center from 2 to 2:30 p.m. today. The public is invited to join in the ceremony and take pictures.

Sponsors Fed Ex and Alaska Airlines have provided free transportation for the 150-pound crate which houses the large flag. The Olympia Fire Department delivered the flag to the Seattle department yesterday. It will be sent to Providence Rhode Island on Wednesday. Follow the flag’s scheduled progress here, or get more information on the Patriot Flag Project here.

Mourners gather at memorial for fire victims

Hundreds of people, including family members, public officials, firefighters and complete strangers attended the emotional memorial today at KeyArena for the five victims of last weekend’s tragic fire in Fremont.

“They may be gone but they are not alone,” Daniel Gebregiorgis said of his sister Eyerusalem Gebregiorgis, 22, and nieces and nephews, Joseph Gebregiogis, 13, Nyella Smith, 7, Nisreen Shamam, 6, and Yaseen Shaman who had just turned 5.

Our sister site was at the service and has the entire story.

Candlelight vigil for three lives lost in accident

More than a hundred people gathered at the scene of Sunday’s tragic accident Thursday night to remember Kellen Jones, Spenser Millard and Mike Turner.

Friends and family held candles, laughed and cried, hugged each other, and wrote messages on the Taco Time pole that was hit by a Pontiac Firebird carrying the three Ballard High School graduates. A teenage exchange student named Ashlynn was critically injured in the crash.

“You boys will be missed greatly,” reads one message on the pole. “We love you. Rest in Paradise. Class of ‘08.” Another message reads, “I miss you so much. You’ll always be my teddy bears.”

Complete coverage and video of the vigil from our sister site MyBallard here.

Memorial for man who died outside of Bethany Presbyterian this Wednesday

Nearly two weeks ago a longtime member of Bethany Presbyterian on Queen Anne Ave N passed away outside the church in the early morning. Deemed a natural death by police, the church opted not to reveal the man’s name until any family could be searched for. “He was not in good health,” was all Rev. Dan Baumgartner said at the time.

On Wednesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. the church will be holding a memorial service for Russ Luke, 75 when he passed. According to Baumgartner, the autopsy revealed that he died of heart failure. Anyone wanting to pay their respects to Luke is welcome to attend the memorial.

Queen Anne remembers those lost on flight 261

Ten years ago 88 people were killed when Alaska Airlines flight 261 crashed in the water off the coast of California. The plane was en route to Seattle from Mexico, carrying 47 passengers from the Pacific Northwest, including two Queen Anne families.

Yesterday, Sunday, January 31 marked the 10th anniversary of the crash, and to celebrate the lives of those lost, friends, family and neighbors held a memorial at Queen Anne’s Soundview Terrace Park, also known as Rachel’s Playground, named after one of the children on the flight. 88 candles were lit – one for every passenger on board, songs were sung and memories shared.

If you weren’t able to make it to the memorial, watch KING5’s video (above). Out news partner, the Seattle Times, also put together a place for mourners to share their memories and photos.