Flag Firefighters Raised at Ground Zero Returns to Site

NEW YORK (AP) -
 White House photo of March 11, 2002, unveiling of "Heroes" stamp. From left: Postmaster General Jack Potter; New York City Fire Department Firefighters Billy Eisengrein and George Johnson; President George W. Bush, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, 5th District, N.Y.; Firefighter Dan McWilliams; and Record photographer Thomas Franklin, who took the photo featured on the stamp. (White House Photo)
The unveiling of “Heroes” stamp, March 2002. From left: Postmaster General Jack Potter; New York City Fire Department firefighters Billy Eisengrein and George Johnson; President George W. Bush; U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, 5th District, N.Y.; firefighter Dan McWilliams; and Record photographer Thomas Franklin, who took the photo featured on the stamp. (White House Photo)

An American flag that firefighters hoisted at Ground Zero in the hours after the 9/11 terror attacks returns to the World Trade Center site after disappearing for more than a decade.

The 3×5-foot flag goes on display Thursday at the Sept. 11 museum in New York.

It was the centerpiece of a photo that became a defining image of patriotic perseverance. The image shows three firefighters raising the flag over the rubble.

The flag was turned in two years ago by an as-yet unidentified man at a firehouse in Everett, Washington.

Painstaking tests and examinations indicated it was indeed the same Star Spangled Banner.