National 9/11 Flag Returns Home After Touching Lives In 50 States


After being unearthed from the rubble of the World Trade Center, lovingly repaired by veterans and tornado survivors and visiting all 50 states, the National 9/11 flag has finally made it home.

The flag’s arrival this week at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City marks the end of a 14-year journey.

“The National 911 Flag is the sum of many parts,” Seidler Ramirez, the chief curator of the museum told The Huffington Post. “Its metamorphosis from a symbol of nationhood at Ground Zero – ravaged by the harsh conditions of its service – into a larger icon of healing, hope and human kindness, is an inspirational journey that summarizes what people can do collaboratively in response to an immense tragedy.”

The 30-foot American flag was flying proudly at 90 West Street in Lower Manhattan when it was destroyed in the aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Center, according to the New York Says Thank You Foundation. It was unearthed from the rubble in late October 2001.

A construction crew hung the flag near Ground Zero as a symbol of hope for volunteers searching for survivors amid the wreckage. However, it kept getting caught on scaffolding and the site of a tattered flag upset some workers, Fox News reports.

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SOURCE: People Magazine – Tiare Dunlap

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