The Mission: Fly a United States Flag over every operating base she could during her deployment to Afghanistan. The flag had once flown over the World Trade Center site in New York City, would fly at each site for “9 Minutes and 11 Seconds.”
The Intent: “…taking the flag to Afghanistan to show that we stand tall as American people here and sharing it with the American and coalition forces overseas.” Command Sgt. Maj. Michelle Fournier, Command Sgt. Maj., 404th Civil Affairs Battalion.
Starting its journey on March 1, 2010, Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion went to Ground Zero and acquired the flag from the port authority prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.
In remembrance of September 11, 2001 and those killed, 38 locations had the honor to raise the Ground Zero Flag for 9 Minutes and 11 seconds before the flag was returned to its home, the World Trade Center “Ground Zero” in New York on July 20, 2011.
Read the whole story at “Ground Zero flag returns home after a one year deployment to Afghanistan,” by Sgt. 1st Class Andy Yoshimura, on www.MyArmyReserve.com