Skip to comments.Dixie Flag Co. (carefully stitched 360 pound flag) to fly at WTC
Posted on 09/11/2012 2:35:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
San Antonio, TX ......To be asked to make the flag is exciting, so very humbling. You want to get it right, said Van de Putte, whose seamstress grandmother started the company in 1958. Every detail, from the largest star to the small stitching, has to be absolutely correct.
Six Dixie Flag workers helped design, scale, cut and sew 560 yards of material and 1,650 yards of nylon thread to perfect the flag before it shipped to New York less than two weeks ago.
Whether red or white, each stripe stands 55 inches tall while the stars alone span 42 inches each.....Dixie Flag used a form of polyester heavier than cotton, the sheer weight of the flag360 pounds....
The factory workspace is a tidy, almost stadium-sized room where big projects can be spread out and hung from hooks that help support the weight of large swaths of fabric.
It could get pretty heavy,.....The biggest challenge was not letting it touch the floor
We had to sort of put our heads together, said Pineda, who has sewn since age 12. We had to put up some chairs or hooks to hang it up (and) sometimes you were the one stuck with standing there holding a corner for a while.
Not long after Sept. 11, 2001, Pineda bid farewell to her daughter and two sons who were called into active military duty to serve in the Middle East.
They returned safely, but Pineda acknowledged some families were not as lucky.
Something was lost on 9/11, and we all lost a bit of our freedom, she said. The people that lost their loved ones know there's nothing that can bring them back.
But a flag or memorial can show (those families) aren't alone, and we are all standing behind them in our loss,.....
(Excerpt) Read more at mysanantonio.com ...
Lest we forget!
“GOD BLESS AMERICA”
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,”
A 360 pound flag. I wonder whos on the flag detail.
“Eleven years ago, New York City firefighter Stephen Siller had just gotten off his late shift in Brooklyn when he heard that a plane had hit the Twin Towers.
He was last seen running carrying 60 pounds of firefighter gear through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel on his way to the World Trade Center. His remains were never found, and he is believed to have died in the towers felled by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
On Sunday, firefighters, police officers, military service members and others from Bexar County 300 to 350 people took part in a regional race of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to the Towers 5k Run/Walk in New York.
Of those, 50 or so area firefighters and San Antonio police officers ran with 30 to 60 pounds of added weight from their fire gear or police uniforms and bulletproof vests.
Beginning and ending at Alamo Plaza, participants ran past two San Antonio fire ladder trucks hoisting a large American flag. Beneath it, members of the Texas Army National Guard stood watch over a piece of the World Trade Center.
The winning firefighter, Marcos Muñoz, and police officer, John Seaton, will represent San Antonio in New York on Sept. 30, when the run retraces Siller’s last journey.”....... [w/photos]
Randy Scott scrawled these five words and two numbers on a piece of paper on Sept. 11, 2001, while at work at Euro Brokers Inc. in the World Trade Center.
But if a picture is worth a thousand words, these five words and two numbers have changed the picture completely for Scott's family. Family members refer to it simply as "the note." The note that floated from the 84th floor of Two World Trade Center to chaotic streets below, and was tenderly preserved as it traveled from hand to hand and through time to reach them."......
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