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    Old Glory Returns To New York

    Ground Zero Flag Heading
    Back to New York
    After Tour of Duty
    By SONJA BARISIC
    Associated Press Writer


    ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT

    The flag that three weary firefighters raised from the ruins of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 was returned to them Tuesday in a solemn ceremony aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
    The flag had been sent to the aircraft carrier in October as the ship steamed toward waters near Afghanistan. It flew on the carrier and six other ships in the war against terrorism.

    As a sailor sang the Navy Hymn, three other sailors handed the folded flag to two of the three New York City firefighters, George Johnson and William Eisengrein, who hoisted the flag at Ground Zero. The image was caught in a newspaper photograph seen around the world.

    "This is truly a humbling experience," Johnson told the Roosevelt crew. Johnson then presented a fire chief's helmet to Rear Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald, commander of the Theodore Roosevelt's battle group, as the crew cheered.

    About 5,500 sailors and Marines are aboard the Roosevelt, which departed Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 19 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The carrier, which is due to return to Norfolk on Wednesday, was about 300 miles off the Virginia coast during the brief ceremony Tuesday.

    The New York delegation included police from New York City and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Several New York members of Congress also attended the service, as did House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

    The third firefighter, Daniel McWilliams, could not make it to the ship because he attended the funeral of a firefighter who died in the attack, said Michael J. Handy, military liaison for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    The flag was signed by New York Gov. George Pataki and former Mayor Rudolph Giulani on Sept. 23 before it was presented to Adm. Robert J. Natter, commander in chief of the Atlantic Fleet. Natter directed that it be sent to the Roosevelt.

    "I will never forget the smoky odor as the flag was unwrapped in my office," said Capt. Richard J. O'Hanlon, the Roosevelt's commanding officer.

    "The image of that flag-raising event, determination evident on the faces of the firefighters, brought hope to a shocked and grieving nation," O'Hanlon said.

    Handy said he will have Bloomberg add his signature to the flag, which is to be displayed in a place of honor in New York. The location has not been decided, he said.

    After the ceremony, Handy presented another flag to the Roosevelt crew: the flag of New York City.

    "We are sorely wounded in the city of New York," Handy said. "And one of the real inspirations has been over the months to watch you go off to sea, to watch you go off to war and protect us."

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    GROUND ZERO FLAG RETURNS

    New York City firefighters George Johnson, right, and William Eisengrein, center, are joined by New York Police officer Kevin Reynolds, left, and Port Authority Police officer, Barry Pikaard, second from right, as they carry the Ground Zero flag, center from a ceremony aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt 300 miles off the coast of Norfolk Va., Tuesday March 26, 2002. The firefighters were presented the flag which the two firefighters and another not present raised over Ground Zero as well as other flags that flew aboard the ship during it's six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The ship is due to return to port on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber

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    OLD GLORY AT CITY HALL

    The American flag, that was raised by firefighters at the World Trade Center attacks site and by U.S. sailors in waters near Afghanistan, is raised above New York City Hall Monday, April 1, 2002, as Mayor Bloomberg, right of trumpet, and other officials look on. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg

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