CASTINE – A flag that flew above the debris at the location of the South Tower for 60 days after the attacks at the World Trade Center in September of 2001 made its way to Maine Monday.
Monday morning, the flag was escorted into Castine by the state police and the Castine Volunteer Fire Department.
It was raised in a special Regiment of Midshipmen’s morning muster at Maine Maritime Academy.
An accompanying marble cross made from debris recovered from the world trade center site was placed at the foot of the flagpole.
Ground Zero Flag caretaker Rick Leighton spoke about the flag’s history as it flew for 9 minutes and 11 seconds.
The flag has been displayed at numerous 9/11 ceremonies, flown from hundreds of flagpoles and been to Iraq three times with our troops.
This is the first time the flag has been flown in Maine.