WTC Flag Raisers Honored in Sculpture


Updated: 09-25-2007 12:33:46 PM

By Jeremiah Stettler
The Salt Lake Tribune


Posted: 12:49 PM- KEARNS - Their flag-raising amid the rubble of the World Trade Center has loomed larger than life in American memory as a symbol of the most devastating terrorist attack ever to strike U.S. soil.

Now, those three firefighters - caught on film hoisting the colors atop an ashen flag pole - stand as part of an equally colossal tribute to a moment that united the nation amid tragedy.

Utah sculptor Stan Watts unveiled a massive bronze monument Monday that depicts that historic flag-raising in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, with figures three times larger than life.

One firefighter gazes upward, a flashlight dangling from his belt. Two others clutch a rope and tug the flag skyward.

"The nation deserves to remember this moment," said Watts, pausing briefly because of emotion.

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The three bronze sculpture "To Lift A Nation" sits in a warehouse on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007 in Kearns, Utah. The sculpture, based on the photograph taken by Thomas E. Franklin of The Record Of Bergen County on Sept. 11, 2001 of three firemen raising the American flag after 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. The sculpture will begin a three day journey to its permanent home at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The statues weigh more than 5,000 pounds each.