KANSAS CITY, Kansas - New York City firefighters arrived in Kansas City Saturday night with a very special carry on; the modern day version of The Star Spangled Banner.
The flag was destroyed in the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and stitched back together seven years later by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas.
People like Jack Winter who were on the flight said, "it’s awesome to see , it came from ground zero and women in Greensburg helped patch it back together.”
We spoke to the two NYC firefighters who brought the flag in to KCI.
“What we are doing is we're taking the flag around the country and bringing it to everybody letting everybody in the different states have a part of rebuilding downtown Manhattan" said Jimmy Sands.
For Brian Fitzpatrick it’s a symbol of the past. “It was my first job as a firefighter in New York City, some welcome to the job”, said Fitzpatrick.
But also a honor, “we want them to look at it understand what it has been through and to see the resilience of the American people who restored it" said Fitzpatrick.
Tornado survivors will display the 30-foot American flag, during the national anthem at Arrowhead Sunday.
The National 9/11 Flag is currently traveling around the country as part of a historic restoration effort, sponsored by The New York Says Thank You Foundation, to make the flag whole again by the 10th year Anniversary of 9/11. When complete, the flag will become part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum being built at the World Trade Center site. This is its first stop in 2011.
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