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National 9/11 flag brings pride and honor to MSU

The National 9/11 Flag arrived in Minot on Sept. 6, along with the bulk of the New York Says Thank You and FDNY volunteers to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks and lift the spirits of Minot flood victims.

The flag was displayed at Minot State University on the steps of Old Main in front of Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, and travelled to Bottineau for the weekend volunteer effort at Annie's House. Annie's House, an adaptive ski facility for persons with disabilities, was built in memory of Ann Nicole Nelson of Stanley, who perished in the 9/11 attacks. The "Pay It Forward" effort allowed New York Says Thank You volunteers to thank North Dakotans and Canadians for the support extended to their city following September 11th, while also celebrating the spirit of kindness and volunteerism that united the Nation - and the world - on Sept. 12.

Destroyed in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11 and stitched back together seven years later by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kan., The National 9/11 Flag is a living testament to the resilience and compassion of the American people.

Currently on a journey across America, the goal of The National 9/11 Flag Tour is to display this historic flag nationwide, to empower local service heroes in all 50 states with the privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13-stripe format, and to inspire 300 million Americans with the flag's rich visual history in order to deepen our sense of citizenship and national pride and bolster the spirit of volunteerism on the 9/11 anniversary and year-round.

The flag has been stitched by soldiers and schoolchildren who survived the shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas, by World War II veterans on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, by the family of Martin Luther King Jr., by members of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, and by thousands of everyday service heroes nationwide. On President Lincoln's Birthday, a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid on when he was shot at Ford's Theater was stitched into the fabric of The National 9/11 Flag. In May 2011, The National 9/11 Flag was presented as the official flag for The Kentucky Derby.

When complete, The National 9/11 Flag will become a part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum being built at the World Trade Center.