Mississippi Flag to Fly in 9-11 Service

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A Mississippi state flag that flew over the Capitol in Jackson will join flags from the entire nation in a New York ceremony to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The pilots who will fly it there for the September 8th ceremony are Frank and Kaki Ingels of Starkville. Frank Ingels says it's an honor just to participate in the "Flight Across America" event. He says Mississippi legislators helped he and his wife get the special flag.

Frank Ingels retired in 1995 as a pilot for the athletic department and the Raspetl Flight Laboratory at Mississippi State University. He and Kaki will fly to New York in their 1963 Beach Bonanza airplane from George M. Bryan Field in Starkville on Sept. 5.

On Sept. 8, the Ingels will fly, with state flag aboard, in a loose parade of planes down the Hudson River, past Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty.

Later that day, the official flags from 49 other states and the District of Columbia will be presented in a ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, a floating aircraft carrier museum docked on the Hudson River.