DeKALB – Local law enforcement officers marched slowly to the sounds of a bagpipe Saturday onto DeKalb High School’s football field to welcome in a rare piece of American history.
The National 9/11 Flag, which was stripped from the rubble at ground zero after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, was revealed. The flag was sewn together with patches commemorating different national hardships.
One part of the flag was sewn by survivors of the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting. Another came from the flag that President Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest on after he was shot at Ford’s Theatre.
The flag was in DeKalb on Saturday to honor firefighter Lloyd Hatcher, who died in March from bone cancer. His son, also named Lloyd, said he promised his dad he would do something to pay tribute to him.
Hatcher Sr. was involved with the New York Says Thank You Foundation before he died. The foundation is responsible for bringing the National 9/11 Flag to cities that have been struck by disasters.
The revealing of the flag was emotional for some. Jenni Slowinski teared up when the PA system replayed reactions from New Yorkers when the planes were first hit. One of them said, “Our lives will never be the same.”
“It’s amazing to be so close to part of something that has changed our country forever,” Slowinski said.