FLAG FACTS

Did you know…?

  • The Flag roughly measures 20 feet high and 30.5 feet wide!
  • The initial intent was to properly retire this now historic flag.  The remains sat in a storage shed in Pennsylvania for 7 years before it was taken to Greenburg, KS as a symbol of hope and resilience of the American spirit.
  • In its fully restored state, the Flag will consist of pieces of American Flags scheduled to retire from each of the 50 states.
  • The flag was located on the upper left corner of a scaffolding on the west facade of 90 West Street, a landmark building one block south of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. 
  • On the 9/11 Anniversary 2008, 58 volunteers in Greensburg, KS began the initial restoration, stitching flags salvaged from the tornado that destroyed their town.
  • The initial restoration took place over a 6-day period, September 1-6, 2008.
  • The Flag was displayed to the public for the first time at the New York Says Thank You Foundation closing ceremony at Greensburg High School.  Approximately 800 residents of Greensburg and volunteers from around the country attended the ceremony.
  • On September 11, 2008, 95-year-old Winnie Fankhauser, a resident of the  Carriage House Assisted Living Center in Greensburg, KS placed two ceremonial stitches into the flag at the exact times the North and South Towers fell.
  • You can be a part of the restoration process!  Click here to read how.

 

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