LONG MAY SHE WAVE: Emblem of 9/11 to Appear at Bush Museum
The flag, which spans 8 feet by 12 feet, was the only American flag flying at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11. It was buried for three days in the rubble following the terrorist attacks.
When the flag was recovered, rescuers found two large tears along the broad red-and-white stripes and turned it over to the National Guard for its ceremonial destruction. After determining by its label that the flag was Port Authority property, the flag was returned to the Port Authority Police Department.
Several members of the Port Authority Police Department became its caretakers, taking the flag to dozens of memorial services for their fallen colleagues. The flag was flown over Yankee Stadium during all three Yankee home victories of the 2001 World Series, at the New York City Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day parades, at the 2001 Super Bowl, and the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
"This is a unique opportunity to view an important part of United States history and renew one's sense of patriotism and duty to country," noted Roman Popadiuk, Executive Director of the George Bush Library Foundation.
The flag will be displayed along with a set of various artistic renderings of Sept. 11. A New York City police officer will deliver the flag to the George Bush Presidential Library. Ceremonies will be held marking the delivery of the flag on the afternoon of Oct. 3 and the unveiling of the flag for public viewing on the morning of Oct. 4.
The flag's exhibit is made possible through the support of Continental Airlines. "We appreciate the support that Continental has provided in making this historic exhibit possible for the Bush Museum and the State of Texas," said Dr. Douglas Menarchik, Director of the Library. "Texas provided much support in the rescue effort and I am glad that Texans have been provided this opportunity to view a part of living history and a symbol of our patriotism and unity."The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For information, call (979) 260-9552 extension 290.