The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air . . . how many times we've all heard it, even said it. Yet every time I hear Jeff Parness of New York Says Thank You say this line from our national anthem, I get chills and I think of all the sacrifices that have been made for us to live in this great nation. 9/11 did that for me. I don't think before that day that I gave much thought to it or what it truly meant.  On this 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the New York Says Thank You foundation took the 9/11 flag to Joplin. Joplin, Missouri. The heartland of the USA. And while all the memorials were being held in NYC, D.C., Pennsylvania and throughout the country, a very special one was being held in Joplin. Because, as Jeff so humbly states, 9/11 happened to all of us, from sea to shining sea,  and yet it's not as significant as what happened on 9/12, when we -- all Americans -- united together to help one another in a time of need. It's just what we do after all. Joplin was the final stitching place for this wonderful national treasure which will find it's permanent home in the NYC 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero eventually, and be seen and shared by all the world. This flag has been lovingly stitched back together with pieces of flags and careful hands from all 50 states. Each stitch not only restored this flag, but the hope of its many people.  I know I felt a certain peace upon adding a stitch. A reclaiming if you will.  It was ours on 9/11/2001 and it's ours again 10 years later. The strength of the American people is mighty. It is formidable. It is constant. There are some things that no amount of violence can destroy. You can't take that away. I find comfort in that. I hope on this day you remembered 9/11 and it's many victims and sacrifices made as a result but also that tomorrow, on 9/12, you remember the strength and hope that springs eternal in the American people and lend a hand to someone in need. Pay it forward!

Here's a few snaps from today in Joplin. The 9/11 flag was unfurled and held high at the exact times of impact and collapse of the twin towers on September 11, 2001, the pentagon and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Moments of silence for all. Fire bells tolled. Bagpipes echoed in the clear morning. The flag was held securely off the ground between each raising by a huge team of volunteers - old, young and in-between from all across America. 

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3500 Stars of Hope were painted by children and staked in Joplin throughout the devastated areas. Tears of sadness. Tears of joy. Tears of Hope. All were shed in Joplin today as we all remembered and will never forget.

God Bless America!


The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air . . . how many times we've all heard it, even said it. Yet every time I hear Jeff Parness of New York Says Thank You say this line from our national anthem, I get chills and I think of all the sacrifices that have been made for us to live in this great nation. 9/11 did that for me. I don't think before that day that I gave much thought to it or what it truly meant.  On this 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the New York Says Thank You foundation took the 9/11 flag to Joplin. Joplin, Missouri. The heartland of the USA. And while all the memorials were being held in NYC, D.C., Pennsylvania and throughout the country, a very special one was being held in Joplin. Because, as Jeff so humbly states, 9/11 happened to all of us, from sea to shining sea,  and yet it's not as significant as what happened on 9/12, when we -- all Americans -- united together to help one another in a time of need. It's just what we do after all. Joplin was the final stitching place for this wonderful national treasure which will find it's permanent home in the NYC 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero eventually, and be seen and shared by all the world. This flag has been lovingly stitched back together with pieces of flags and careful hands from all 50 states. Each stitch not only restored this flag, but the hope of its many people.  I know I felt a certain peace upon adding a stitch. A reclaiming if you will.  It was ours on 9/11/2001 and it's ours again 10 years later. The strength of the American people is mighty. It is formidable. It is constant. There are some things that no amount of violence can destroy. You can't take that away. I find comfort in that. I hope on this day you remembered 9/11 and it's many victims and sacrifices made as a result but also that tomorrow, on 9/12, you remember the strength and hope that springs eternal in the American people and lend a hand to someone in need. Pay it forward!

Here's a few snaps from today in Joplin. The 9/11 flag was unfurled and held high at the exact times of impact and collapse of the twin towers on September 11, 2001, the pentagon and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Moments of silence for all. Fire bells tolled. Bagpipes echoed in the clear morning. The flag was held securely off the ground between each raising by a huge team of volunteers - old, young and in-between from all across America. 

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3500 Stars of Hope were painted by children and staked in Joplin throughout the devastated areas. Tears of sadness. Tears of joy. Tears of Hope. All were shed in Joplin today as we all remembered and will never forget.

God Bless America!




Comments
Kris says:

I was there in the Morning, and these photos are wonderful! Shows the detail and emotion of the morning!
Thanks!!!

(09.12.11 @ 08:53 PM)
Veronica Christensen says:

Your pictures captured the spirit. Thank you. I was honored to be a part of this day and will never forget the generousity of the citizens of Joplin.

(09.13.11 @ 09:00 AM)
Melissa Miller says:

The photo of the man in black stitching the flag is a close friend of mine. I would love a copy of this photo. Please let me know if this is possible...
Thank you for coming to Joplin and for sharing these photos....They are beautiful.
Melissa Miller

(09.13.11 @ 11:38 AM)