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National 9/11 flag on display at state capitol

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

It symbolized the power of the American spirit during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Today, an American flag from where the World Trade Center towers once stood in New York is on display at the Kentucky State Capitol building in Frankfort.

It's called the national 9-11 flag.

The flag is making stops in all 50 states, as part of a stitching ceremony to add more pieces to it.

Tim and Patty Martinez are two of the nominated local service heroes who got to weave pieces of Kentucky through an American flag. They sat it's a symbol of our country and a reminder of the past.

"I was part of the cleanup after 9/11," Tim says.

" When the 9/11 attacks took place, I remember sitting up that day for 12 and a half hours, wondering if my husband was at that pentagon," Patty says.

The flag was destroyed in the aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Centers. It's now being brought back to life and patched up. Many say its journey across America is a testament to the resilience of the American people.

"It symbolizes strength and rebuilding of our country and everyone being together, united as one," says Carol Fugate who came to the ceremony.

The local nominated heroes worked to stitch the flag back to it's original 13-stripe format, using fabric from American flags once flying in Kentucky.

"I can't even put it into words, the honor of getting to stitch on this flag," Patty Martinez says.

And they say the timeliness of the event made it even more meaningful.

"It was a great thing to do it beforehand, and now, with all the current events that have happened during this week, it's made it that much more special," Tim Martinez says.

Organizers hope to have the flag completed and made whole again by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It will become part of a permanent collection at the National September 11th Memorial museum being built at the World Trade Center site in New York city.

The flag has been displayed all over the country, including at NFL and NBA games.

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