The flag was destroyed in the aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Slowly and carefully, it was stitched back together seven years later by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas. The flag made a stop in my town as part of its journey across the United States. The goal of the journey is to display the historic flag at important places across the country while empowering local service heroes representing the 50 states. Honorees have the privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13-stripe format. During and after its completion, the National 9/11 Flag serves to inspire Americans while deepening our sense of citizenship and national pride.
My Daughters of the American Revolution chapter took part in the Official Stitching Ceremony. There was a tear in my eye as I proudly signed the guest book and stitched the flag. It meant so much to me. Each state will be represented on the flag by one square, stitched by local residents.
Here I am making my stitch in history!
After the ceremony, I helped to prepare care packages for soldiers who are serving our country overseas. It was a lot of fun to prepare stacks of priority mail boxes for the servicemen and women who are serving our country far from home.
It is a true honor to participate in this once in a lifetime privilege of helping to restore this important part of history.