MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Monday morning, the nation paused to remember the horror of 16 years ago on 9/11.
On the Western Slope, flags were draped from bridges over I-70 to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks.
Firefighters from across Mesa County were staged at bridges from De Beque Canyon all the way to the Utah border.
Hanging the flags for drivers and displaying the fire trucks flashing lights
"For me personally it’s something that I want to honor and remember for the rest of my life especially since while I continue to be a firefighter,” said Grand Junction Fire Department Captain Ben Blehm.
The flag displays are part of two new traditions, Monday night crews hosted a small recognition and remembrance ceremony.
“It also had a big part to play with why I became a firefighter later on after the Marine Corps to realize that firefighters are willing to risk their lives and it’s a real risk," said Blehm.