Friday, March 25, 2011

National 9/11 Flag Comes to York

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, the National 9/11 Flag stopped at the York Beach Fire Station, one of many Maine stops on its national tour.
According the Flag’s website (, the National 9/11 Flag is one of the largest American flags to fly above the wreckage at Ground Zero in New York City. Destroyed in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, the flag was stitched back together seven years later by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas.
The flag is currently on a tour of America in commemoration of the 10th Year Anniversary of 9/11. The goal of the tour is “to display this historic flag at leading venues nationwide, to empower local service heroes in all 50 states with the privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13-stripe format, and to inspire 300 million Americans with the flag’s rich visual history in order to deepen our sense of citizenship and national pride and bolster the spirit of volunteerism on the 9/11 Anniversary and year-round.”
When the tour is complete, the Flag will become part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum being built at the World Trade Center in New York City.
Photo caption: On March 23, the National 9/11 Flag appeared at the York Beach Fire Station. (Photo courtesy Dave Osgood)