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9/11 Flag Returns To NYC

by Stephanie Valenzuela on September 14, 2016

One of the hundreds of images that one saw on 9/11 stood out to most of the world. The iconic image of three firefighters raising looking up at an American flag has been a symbol of hope and strength to all Americans. It was an image shown around the world, made into sculptures, and has become the symbol and pride of the American spirit even during hard times.

The small flag, that was removed from a yacht nearby, disappeared right after it was raised. Although tragedy loomed that day, mystery surrounded as to why the flag disappeared. It was such a mystery that a film was made by CNN in 2013 titled “The Flag”.

A week after 9/11 an officer was sent to pick up the flag, but it was not the original. He was handed a much larger flag that was flown at prior events. What was supposed to be the iconic flag that would have so much meaning in New York City and American history, was taken over by another flag, flying at Yankee Stadium during the 9/11 prayer service, and even flew over the USS Roosevelt.

One day, out of nowhere, a man only named “Brian”, who was a retired marine, showed up to the local fire station in Everett, Washington with the flag in 2014. Brian stated that he had been given the flag on Veterans day in 2007 by a man who was given it by a widow of one of the 343 firefighters who passed that day. Why he decided to return the flag at a local fire station is as much a mystery as it’s disappearance.

The flag went through forensic tests to confirm it’s authenticity, and with weeks of examination, the flag’s fiber and dust matched one from a fire truck at Grand Zero, making it the original flag.

So after 15 years, the flag was packaged and return back home to New York City, will it will be on display at the entrance of the 9/11 memorial and museum for years to come.

Featured Image Via Reuters

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Stephanie Valenzuela
I am a firm believer in patience, and believing that with patience all good things come with time. My motto has always been, if you want to be known, be known for something good, and informing the public is good to me, whether it be threw my writing or reporting, is a good way to be known. With a passion for everything New York City, I am driven to know what goes on in it every hour of the day. My dream has always been to live the 'city life', but besides dreaming about that life, you can catch me traveling the world, as I have been to over ten countries, or constantly reading the news and getting informed as to what goes on globally. I am a person who likes to know and be informed at all times. To me that is key and my mentality is always set to learn more on what goes on in our world in order to inform my public and be the best journalist that I can be.