2002-09-14 / Letters

Handmade Tribute Flag

Dear Editor;

Let me preface this writing by stating that I worked at the World Trade Center for over 20 years until 1997. First, with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and later with the law firm, Brown & Wood, I was in the 1993 bombing and tasted both the worst of fears and the best of camaraderie, bravery and human kindness in the face of impending death and disaster.

This handmade Flag, which I began the day after 9/11, is on exhibit at The Harbor Bakery, 183- 116 Street, through September 14. It is a tribute to all those lost at the World Trade Center. Attached is a brief history of "Old Glory," the history of the medium used, and a tribute in remembrance which makes up the plaque also on display with the Flag.

I would appreciate it if you would find a space in your paper to let people know, come out and see it, say a prayer and remember. Thank you.


The History of "Old Glory"

In 1831, Captain Steven Driver, a Salem, Massachusetts shipmaster, was presented with a 24-star American Flag by friends and immediately called it "Old Glory." He remained staunch to the Union and during the Civil War he hid his flag from Rebels who would have destroyed it by sewing it between the quilt-top and batting of his bedcovers. When the Sixth Ohio Regiment captured Nashville, Tennessee in 1862 the old Captain brought his beloved flag out of its hiding place and climbed to the tower of the Capitol to fly it. The Sixth Ohio Regiment cheered, saluted and later adopted the nickname "Old Glory" as their own, re-telling the story of Captain Driver's devotion to his Country and the Flag we honor today.

The "Granny Square" Crochet Pattern

The traditional "granny square" pattern, popular in America since the 19 century, is reminiscent of the tradition set by American pioneer women who made use of every available scrap of fabric to create useful and beautiful patchwork quilts. In Europe the technique of making granny squares is known as "American crochet."

"Granny's Old Glory"

This Flag, called "Granny's Old Glory," was hand crocheted in Brooklyn, New York, as a tribute to all those lost at the World Trade Center. This work was started the day after 9/11 and took four months to complete. The Flag is unique in that this pattern has included a band around each stripe to align with the field of stars using 364 squares to represent each day of the year, while the squares in concert form the entire Flag representing a united America standing together on September 11, now and forever.

Now we know firsthand, on our own soil, in our own City, neighborhoods and homes the grief and sorrow of loss of our loved ones through terrorism. We promise to proudly stand united. We will never forget you.

This flag is a labor of love, tears, pride and respect for and in memory of those who gave and lost their lives as the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.



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