Candlelight vigil to be held tonight at Lakeside for 9/11

By Chris Swick
September 11, 2015

A candlelight vigil tonight at Lakeside Park will have a dual meaning, as the organizers wish to not only honor those that lost their lives 14 years ago today, but also change the meaning behind a social media hashtag.

Kenneth Johnson is the driving force behind the vigil tonight, which begins at 8 p-m. He says that the #FYF911 is being used by certain groups on social media with a negative connotation.

“They were planning on using that hashtag for racist issues,” Johnson said. “And I decided I didn't want to see that happen, not on 9/11. That was such a sacred day in American history, that I decided to take over that hashtag and turn it into, from what they had it meaning, F Your Flag, to Fly Your Flag.”

Johnson adds he isn't alone in trying to change the meaning of the hashtag, as the McPherson Fire Department will also be involved with the vigil.

“The fire chief [Jeff Deal] has graciously donated the ladder truck to fly a 100-foot flag,” Johnson said. “[It will] be parked in the parking lot at the swimming pool.”

The candlelight vigil will be held at the Lakeside Park Band Shell.