- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A unique flag, one which represents a day America will not forget, visited the area recently.

It is the “United We Stand, United We Sew” 9/11 memorial flag.

It is the brainchild of Thomas McBrien, the curator and creator of the flag that has been presented around the world. The flag memorializes the deaths of the thousands who lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and those who died at the Pentagon and in Shanksville.

Almost 3,000 lives were lost in the attacks. Each of those lives is represented by a series of small U.S. flags woven into a larger flag measuring 22-by-32 feet.

The amazing banner nearly filled a hall at White Haven VFW Post 6615 while on display.

VFW members Tom and Lynn Marie Donnelly of Weatherly and Terry Younker, a Vietnam veteran from Weatherly, were on hand to sign their names to the impressive 9/11 flag.

“I’m just amazed and awed, its overwhelming,” Lynn Marie Donnelly said of the flag. “This is an honor for this to be here.”

Her husband, a submarine veteran, signed the flag while his wife was looking on proudly.

For McBrien, who hails from Bucks County, the journey that began 14 years ago is coming to an end.

“I knew I had to do something following the terrible events of 9/11,” McBrien said. “My hope is that the 6 million who viewed the flag will never forget what happened that day and that it will give some real perspective to the many who lost their lives.”

About a half dozen women from the White Haven VFW post have worked to restore the flag before it reaches a permanent display spot at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in New York City.

“The last time it was refurbished was in 2013 at Milford, New Jersey,” McBrien said. “I think it was meant to be. It was a destiny for me to display this flag all over the world.”

The flag was on display in Carbon County last year and more than a decade ago spent two weeks housed in the CAN DO Corporate Center.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is working with McBrien to place the flag in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Bloomberg is on the museum’s board of directors.

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