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American flag from NYC is here in the Tri-State

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Community members from Boonville and Newburgh made history with physical memories from the November tornado.

Survivors of the November 2005 tornado helped stitch a patch onto a 20-by-30 foot American flag.

Jeff Parness with the National 9/11 Flag Organization says this is the largest American flag to survive the 9/11 attacks.

It was hanging across the street from the south twin tower, and when it collapsed, the flag was shredded.

Now several individuals in the Tri-State are helping put it back together, one stitch at a time.

Parness says, "The national 9/11 flag we think is the modern version of the star-spangled banner, it literally shows when Americans survive and come together to help each other, and I think it's really a testament to the compassion and the resiliency of the American people."

Parness, along with several New York City firefighters, are taking the flag to all 50 states, putting it back together with memories of survival.

Parness says, "Their history will always be part of this national icon, forever."

The Indiana patch is made up of two remnants of American flags that remained after the November tornado. One that hung at Baker's Church in Newburgh, and one that flew at Eastbrook Mobile Home Park.

New York City Firefighter Jimmy Sands says, "The community is actually stitching the flag back together. When the flag is completed, hopefully by the tenth anniversary of 9/11, its going to be donated to the 9/11 memorial downtown. Then their kids and their grand kids everyone could say, 'wow' I had a piece of history, I actually put a stitch into this flag."

The flag will be escorted next to Missouri and Texas.

To track the progress of the flag, visit the web site, national911flag.org or click here.

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