The New York Says Thank You Foundation is donating a 20-foot-by-30-foot flag which was found at ground Zero to the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The flag was spotted hanging from some scaffolding on September 12. It is now known as the national 9/11 Flag.
Recovery workers noticed the tattered flag in the early morning of September 12. It was caught on the scaffolding of the damaged building at 90 West St. Workers had to wait a couple of months until it was safe to take the flag down. Half the fabric was gone and the remaining piece of the flag was faded and torn. The remains of the flag was but into a black plastic bag with the intention of giving it a retirement ceremony. However, it stayed in storage for seven years.
In 1998 it was taken to Greensberg, Kansas on the New York Says Thank You Foundation trip to help rebuild after the city was ravaged by a tornado. Women from the senior center used nine flags recovered from their town to reconstruct the flag.
The flag is now on a two-year national tour. Fabric from flags retired from all 50 States will sewn into the Flag to restore its 13-stripe format. People being honored for national service from all 50 States will add stitching to the flag.