The National September 11 Memorial Museum was opened to the public with a ceremony of the National 9/11 Flag.
May 21, 2014 marked an important day in American history as the National 9/11 Flag was unfurled at the World Trade Center site during a ceremony marking the opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
The National 9/11 Flag is one of the largest American flags to fly above the wreckage at Ground Zero. The flag was flying from a nearby building when the World Trade Centers collapsed on September 11, 2001. It was later found by recovery official shredded amongst the debris of ground zero.
The destroyed flag was later stitched back together seven years later by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas. Organizers say the flag includes threads from the original Star Spangled Banner as well as the flag President Abraham Lincoln was placed on after he was shot.
During the Wednesday ceremony New York City firefighters and police officers helped unfurl the flag. New Yorkers of all ages also took part in the ceremony grabbing hold of the flag that became a symbol of the city’s resilience after that tragic day.
The flag was refolded and firefighters ushered it into the National September 11 Memorial Museum where it will be permanently displayed.