NEW YORK — The flag that was hoisted above the rubble of the World Trade Center hours after the terror attacks of 9/11 — and which became a symbol of American hope and resilience after it was photographed by then-(
The flag, mounted in a glass case, was unveiled in its new home inside the
"In a museum with so many important artifacts, this flag stands out," said Daniels. "As we prepare again to pay tribute to those who were lost, this flag is a timely reminder of the spirit of our heroes and the resolve of a great city and great nation."
Hours after the attacks, firefighters with the
After that, the original flag went missing for 15 years. In 2014, a television show called Lost History aired on the
Within weeks, a man in
So Atwood and his partner, Jim Massingale, spent months trying to verify whether the flag was authentic. They enlisted a crime lab in Washington state, which confirmed that the flag was embedded with dust particles from the 9/11 site. That plus an examination of the lanyard, which was made from two ropes taped together, confirmed the flag was authentic.
"Fifteen years later, I can't believe this is happening," said Shirley Dreifus, who co-owned the yacht with her husband, and who donated the flag to the museum. "I am just so happy the flag is back where it belongs."