2011-09-09 / Top Stories

Cuomo To Unveil National September 11 Memorial Flag

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum unveiled the official New York State September 11 Memorial Flag. The flag will be raised in honor of the victims of September 11 and the countless first responders who came from all across the nation to help in the clean-up and recovery efforts. For the tenth anniversary, the flag will be flown at the State Capitol and at the entrance to the memorial at the World Trade Center site.

“The Memorial Flag is meant to serve as a long-lasting symbol of our respect for those who were lost on September 11 and our resilience in the face of tragedy,” Governor Cuomo said. “Written on the flag are the words ‘We Remember’ – we remember the faces, the stories, and the heroes of that day and this flag reminds us to always pass on those memories to future generations.”

Joe Daniels, President of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said, “All of us at the Memorial are grateful for Governor Cuomo’s dedication to helping commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The flag will serve as a symbol of our resilience in the wake of unimaginable events. ”

The symbols on the flag evoke what was lost on September 11 and what still endures. The 40 yellow stars represent the fatalities from United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The five-sided figures represent the Pentagon, where 125 people died. At the center of the flag are the Twin Towers, where the greatest loss of life occurred that day.

To view the 9/11 memorial flag, go to http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/ nyremembersflag. pdf. The Governor has signed a proclamation calling for the 9/11 memorial flag to fly at the Capitol the week before September 11th.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum will also sell replicas of the flag in order to raise funds for the museum as well as to bolster educational programs. The flag will be available on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum website www.911memorial.org/911flag. On August 10, Governor Cuomo, the New York State Museum, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum announced the “New York Remembers” exhibitions in 30 locations across the state. The exhibitions will give New Yorkers a place to remember the victims of September 11th and honor the countless heroes who came from all corners of the state to help in the clean-up and recovery efforts. The exhibitions will feature historical artifacts from the collections of the State Museum and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Each location will remain open until the end of September. All will be open on Sunday, September 11.

Many of the artifacts being exhibited have never been seen by the public, including: the trailer used by families visiting Ground Zero that includes photographs and messages; damaged emergency vehicles and other vehicle parts; aluminum and glass from the buildings; religious “symbol steel” created by the workers at the site; and airplane fragments including landing gear and engine parts. The stories behind all the artifacts will be told as part of the exhibitions.

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