updated 03/04/2002 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/04/2002 AT 01:00 AM EST
And again. And again. Five morning rush hours a week, Orth, now known to locals as Flag Man, sings the national anthem, then strides the 8,981-ft. walkway. "I felt a kinship with him," says commuter Rich Schoenberger, 41, an attorney. "He's a daily reminder of what this country's about." An Air Force brat, Orth served a hitch in the early '70s but marched against the Vietnam War at Ohio State. He'll continue his current demonstrations until the first anniversary of the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.: "I just don't want people to forget what happened on Sept. 11."