9/11 Memorial Flag to be Displayed at Sigal Museum in Easton
911 Memorial Flag in Easton
Sigal Museum 89th Location of flag of hope and remembrance
Easton, PA (August 17, 2013)—The Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society will be the
89th host of the 911 Memorial Flag. The Society’s Sigal Museum, at 342 Northampton Street in
downtown Easton, will welcome the flag on Tuesday, August 20th at 2:30pm. The public is invited to
attend the flag’s transfer and raising free as a public service to the community, through the support of
the American Legion Brown & Lynch Post #9 of Palmer Township. The flag will remain on exhibit
through September 20, and is free with general museum admission. The viewing of the flag and general
museum admission will be free to the public again on September 11 through Brown & Lynch’s support.
Exchange of the flag will occur at 2:30 pm outside the Sigal Museum; at 3pm, the flag will be raised in
the museum. The flag’s next location will be Fort Dix.
The 22’ x 32’ 911 Memorial Flag is comprised of nearly 3,000 American flags representing each victim
from the WTC, Pentagon, and Flight #93 terrorist attacks, as well as flags representing the service
organizations that participated in the recovery and rescue efforts, and national flags from all countries
that lost citizens. Each miniature flag has a 911 victim’s name written; patches of the first responders in
New York are represented on the right side of the flag, and unit patches and signatures of base
Commanders are represented on the base of the flag. The flag, first presented to New York City at a
ceremony on the USS Intrepid in 2002, has since been viewed by more than 6,000,000 people
throughout the United States, Canada, and Iraq.
This memorial was undertaken as a community project, coming to be known as “United We Stand &
United We SOW (SOW + SEW = SOW)by volunteers from Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ, to
promote healing for our nation and to support American troops in the war against terrorism. According
to Flag Keeper Thomas McBrien, “this flag is unique because it not only memorializes those who died in
the September 11 attacks and keeps them alive in our hearts and minds, but also, it serves as a
metaphor for our great country. Just as the fabric and the threads of this tapestry before you bind the
smaller flags together to one another, and just as this national event is one we will collectively never
forget, we accept the notion that not only do we need each other, but the undeniable fact is that others
need us. Our country and our Armed Forces are woven into the fabric of American society and the
ADDITIONAL MEDIA INFORMATION FOR COVERAGE OF THE EVENT:
2pm: Larry Holmes Drive at Scott Park.
The 911 Memorial Flag will be transported to Easton by Flag Keeper Thomas McBrien and Flag
Honorable Escorts of the 213th Regional Support Group of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Allentown.
They will be joined in a processional beginning on Larry Holmes Drive at Scott Park with City of Easton
emergency services personnel of the Police and Fire Departments, and will follow a processional route
through the downtown center around Centre Square, and past City Hall, the Easton Police Station, and
the Easton Fire Central Station before arriving at the Museum.
2:30pm Sigal Museum (outside) Exchange of the Flag
The Honor Guard of the American Legion Brown & Lynch Post #9 will flank Easton’s emergency services
personnel as they accept the flag from Thomas McBrien, Flag Keeper, and the 213th Honorable Flag
Escort. The new flag bearers and other personnel will enter the museum, followed by the Honor Guard and
attending dignitaries (including Congressman Charlie Dent, State Representative Robert Freeman, and
Mayor Sal Panto).
3:00 pm Sigal Museum (2nd floor Exhibit Hall) Flag Raising
The raising of the flag will be followed by a ceremonial dedication and reception.
About Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society
The Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society was established in 1906 and continues to
serve Northampton County PA and researchers throughout the world, by preserving, showcasing,
exhibiting, and interpreting its more than 60,000 collection items. The Society maintains four locations in
Easton, PA – the Mixsell House Museum at 4th and Ferry Streets, the Jacob Nicholas House Museum at 5th
& Ferry Streets, the 1753 Bachmann Publick House at 2nd & Northampton Streets, and the Sigal Museum
at 342 Northampton Street. To learn more, visit sigalmuseum.org
About the 911 Memorial Flag
– Each small flag represents a 911 victim and each victim’s name is written on a flag;
– An international flag for each of the 86 countries of the victims, as well as the flags of those who
tried to save them are incorporated into the Memorial flag;
– The flag is only carried by police, fire, and/or military escort;
– The flag has been displayed 88 times; Easton’s Sigal Museum is the 89th; Fort Dix is scheduled to
be the 90th;
– Approximately 6,000,000 have viewed the flag;
– The flag contains 8 banners- NYPD, FDNY, Port Authority of NY and NJ, Paramedics, EMTs, US
Fish and Wildlife Service, and John 3:16, which were hand painted by students of Bucks and
Media Contact: 911 Memorial Flag Contact:
Barbara Kowitz,Executive Director Thomas McBrien
Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society 215.435.5091
610 253-1222; gro.muesumytcnotpmahtronnull@arabrab moc.liamgnull@22neirbcmT