Nearly 3,000 miles from ground zero, a city of Spokane firefighter, Lt. Alex Mickschl stands tall on a hill in Liberty Park with a large American flag in remembrance of 9/11.

Mickschl, a military veteran himself, has positioned  the American flagr ight next to I-90, for everyone to see throughout the day with a sense of pride and patriotism. He has continued this tradition right here for 17 years in a row.

The veteran began his career with the Spokane Fire Department when 9/11 happened.

As he couldn’t just pick up his gear and head to New York City, he wanted to show his love and support for his brothers and sisters in the firefighting family.

“I had to come up with some way to honor and memorialize all my brothers that died that day and it kind of turned into a tradition,” he said.

Over the years, many cars honk as they drive by and people take pictures.

“I’m here to honor all first responders, all my military brothers and sisters that have been fighting in the wars ever since and I made a promise that I would come out here every year until they all come home,” Mickschl said.

Mickschl hopes people never forget the sacrifices the first responders and the victims made that fateful day.

“I’m out here not for me, I am out here for everybody else,” Mickschl said. “That’s why I chose this spot Liberty Park. It means well liberty, and that’s what this country is all about, and I wave the flag to remind everybody to come together and unite because together we’re stronger.”