Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Stitch in History

Recently, I had the honor of seeing and stitching the National 9/11 Flag. This flag is a powerful symbol of The American Spirit and represents hope for the future. Just as the flag flying in the Maryland harbor inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, this flag is an inspiration to me.

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.

xoxo

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like so much fun and such a great and awe-inspiring thing to be a part of. As someone who currently has several friends serving overseas, I have to give you a big THANK YOU for helping to prepare care packages for our troops.

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  2. What a fantastic opportunity and memory for you! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  3. Can't wait to meet you for Continental Congress! Can you tell me again exactly what day that starts? I am a chapter officer (chaplain) and I should know that but like you, it's my first CC. I know that Friday morning I am watching the booth where they keep the Mary Virginia Cabell doll. And Wednesday is the Virginia luncheon. So you let me know what day you want to meet for lunch. I thought we agreed to a day (was it Thursday?) but just wanted to make sure.

    Here's my e-mail. kathie.truitt@hotmail.com
    E-mail me and I'll send you my cell phone.

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  4. Can't wait to meet you for Continental Congress! Can you tell me again exactly what day that starts? I am a chapter officer (chaplain) and I should know that but like you, it's my first CC. I know that Friday morning I am watching the booth where they keep the Mary Virginia Cabell doll. And Wednesday is the Virginia luncheon. So you let me know what day you want to meet for lunch. I thought we agreed to a day (was it Thursday?) but just wanted to make sure.

    Here's my e-mail. kathie.truitt@hotmail.com
    E-mail me and I'll send you my cell phone.

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  5. Wow - this is so amazing. I am so glad that you got to be a part of this (and just a little bit jealous!).

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  6. What an honor! Thank you for sharing. xoxo

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  7. What an amazing event to be a part of and how wonderful that they also tied in a collection for the troops as well. Well done!

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  8. I know I would be getting chills right then! That's is fantastic!

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  9. Hi - I have tears in my eyes reading your post - what a privilege and honor - thanks for sharing...

    With the Fourth next week, it's great timing and has all that much more meaning...

    PS- Love your pink tunic top! I'm a tunic fanatic!

    Happy Wednesday-
    Linda

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  10. Why a wonderful experience.

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  11. Linda ~ Your words mean so much to me! Thanks so much for your sweet comments. xoxo

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