Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
National 9/11 Flag at Hines
Hines proudly hosted a Historic Stitching ceremony on behalf of the state of Illinois to repair the American Flag destroyed in the aftermath of the 9/11. This special ceremony, included firefighters from New York, as well as local Illinois heroes, including Chicago Fire Commissioner, Robert Hoff. A number of Hines employees, including Chuck Dickinson from the hospital’s Facilities Management Service, and Jerry Schutter, Chief of the Blind Center, were among the "heros" nominated to participate in the official stitching ceremony at the hospital.
Destroyed in the aftermath of the World Trade Center on September 11th and stitched back together seven years later by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas, The National 9/11 Flag is a living testament to the resilience and compassion of the American people. It has been called the modern day version of the Star Spangled Banner.
"We are thrilled to host this most special ceremony at Hines," said Sharon Helman, Hospital Director. "Duty, Honor and Sacrifice are words that mean a lot to the employees at Hines. Every day we provide healthcare and services to military veterans and service members who have stepped up to serve our country. As veterans of the United States military, our patients are our nation’s heroes. Our own Illinois firefighters and Police Officers are ready to put their lives on the line for us as citizens of this country. It is a unique honor for us to take a moment to remember the sacrifices of these great Americans, both in New York and here in Illinois, as we put the Illinois restorative patching on this incredible flag right here at Hines."
The New York Says Thank You Foundation is currently taking the National 9/11 Flag on a journey across America where local service heroes in all 50 states will be given the historic privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13-stripe format using pieces of American flags destined for retirement in each state. Hines donated a flag that was used at the ceremony.
Once the flag is restored and made whole again by the 10th year Anniversary of 9/11, the National 9/11 Flag will become a part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum being built at the World Trade Center.
For more information about the National 9/11 Flag, go to www.National911Flag.org.