National 9/11 Flag Comes to Meridian

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Restore, Empower, and Inspire. That is what New York City Firefighter Jimmy Sands hopes the National 9/11 flag does to all who get to view it.

Local heroes and community members had the chance to do more than just view this national treasure Monday in Meridian.

Many helped to stitch and restore the once-torn and broken symbol of the American spirit, following the September 11th attacks.

"We can't bring back the people that we lost, but this is the one thing that we can actually fix and bring it back to as close as possible to the way it looked before the attacks," said Sands of the NYFD Engine Company 331. "What we are doing is traveling the country with this 20 x 30 flag that is known as the National 9/11 Flag."

The large flag beneath the smaller flags is the one that was destroyed in the aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Center.

The smaller flags were sewn on by survivors of the Greensburg, Kansas, tornado. Other pieces have been sewn by war heroes, military veterans, first responders, and community service members.

Members of the community are given a chance to stitch the flag as well. Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry was one of the many who was able to add a stitch.

"We are a community with such strong military ties," said Barry. "We were very much so involved in the 9/11 attacks with our fundraising done by our non-profits. This makes me proud to be an American and it makes me proud to be a part of the stitching ceremony."

The flag will go to Texas next. Meridian was just the 24th state on the flag's tour.

"We've got quite a few more states to go," said Sands. "We are hoping to have it done by the 10th Anniversary."

It's also worth mentioning that Sands and his peers are touring with the flag during their off-duty hours, a sacrifice that he says is well worth it.

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  • by Brenda Location: Meridian on May 25, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    This goes to show if you put the phrase 9/11 to anything people will honor it. I have a port o potty that was on the streets of New York during the attacks. Would anyone like to sew a stitch to it?
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      by Peabody on May 26, 2011 at 01:01 AM in reply to Brenda
      No stitch but I would love to put your your head in it. So sad that people like you and Bill care so little about the the ones that died that day.
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        by Doug on May 26, 2011 at 06:09 PM in reply to Peabody
        Do you even know one person that died that day? People die everyday. In fact everyone dies.
  • by Sherry Location: Meridian on May 24, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    This was an honor for our heroes to participate in this ceremony. I don't care if it wasn't on the towers. If it had been on the towers, there would be nothing left of our Flag! It's what it represents! Thankful that Meridian and my son was a part of history!
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on May 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    You have got to be kidding me. The flag wasn't even on the towers. It was located on a scaffolding one block away and on another building. This is just plain stupid.
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      by Sherry on May 24, 2011 at 06:21 PM in reply to Bill
      Bill, if this Flag had been on the towers, there would be nothing left of it. I think it's an honor for Meridian and my Son, among others, to have a part in such a heartwarming time in history!
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      by Peabody on May 25, 2011 at 07:39 AM in reply to Bill
      It is an American flag that torn apart by the events of that day. Many people died that day in NYC that were not in the towers. Are you so stupid that you think something a block away was safe? The planes hit two towers but that is not where all the death and destruction took place. When they fell they took many buildings and lives with them blocks away. So sad that people like you have no love for country or your fellow man. May GOD find a way into your cold cold heart.
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        by sherry on May 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM in reply to Peabody
        Thank you Peabody. I tried to get the same point across but you did much better. God bless you!
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      by sherry on May 25, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to Bill
      Bill, why be so negative? It represents a very emotional and tragic time in the lives of many and is part of our history. I'm glad Meridian had a part in the adding of the smaller flags to the larger American Flag that was damaged on 9/11! God bless you and God bless america!
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      by cw on May 26, 2011 at 09:31 AM in reply to Bill
      go back to your commy country and take brenda with you
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