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National 9/11 Flag makes brief stop in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Chattanooga firefighters in Lookout Valley got a special surprise this afternoon when a New York City firefighter stopped by, carrying a national treasure with him.

Firefighter Jimmy Sands, with the Fire Department of the City of New York, carries a very special item with him as he travels across the country, a massive American flag that was damaged in the terror attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11.

Dubbed the "National 9/11 Flag", the tattered banner hung over Ground Zero for a month until it was finally removed. Seven years after 9/11, the National 9/11 Flag traveled to the tornado-ravaged Greenburg, Kansas, where survivors of the EF-5 tornado delicately stitched the flag back together.

Since then, the flag has toured across the country as a testament to the resilience and compassion of the American people.

The National 9/11 Flag has visited all 50 states and is currently on its way to be displayed in Huntsville, Alabama.

Firefighter Sands stopped briefly at Chattanooga Fire Station 20, where members of the Chattanooga Fire Department, Police, State Troopers and residents got the opportunity to see the flag.

When it completes the tour of the country, the National 9/11 Flag will be placed in the National September 11 Memorial Museum, currently under construction at Ground Zero.

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