Friday, September 08, 2006
an important flag
American flag found in World Trade Center rubble
at the Fresh Kills Landfill, Staten Island, New York
Transfer from the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Photo by Hugh Talman
American flags, raised over the ruins and recovered from the rubble, became powerful symbols of patriotism, survival, and resilience after September 11. In October 2001, recovery workers at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island found this small, tattered flag amid the debris from the World Trade Center. This is one of several flags recovered from Ground Zero. Others have been displayed at the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the Olympics; carried aboard naval warships; and even flown into space.