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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY)– The national 9/11 flag was severely damaged in the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Due to the efforts of Joan and Dick Stewart of St. James who lost their son on 9/11, the flag is making its only stop in North Carolina in Southport Sunday and Monday.

The flag was stretched for the public to see and touch at a memorial service for Richard Stewart Junior Sunday night.

Today the flag will be featured at the front of the 4th of July Parade in Southport but Sunday night the Stewart’s were happy it was there to help honor their son.

“This was a fulfilling wish that we wanted to be able to spread the unity across the country among many many religions and we used this as an opportunity to do that in memory of our son Rich who was killed on 9/11,” said Dick Stewart.

The flag is currently on a journey across America where local service heroes and the public are given the chance to stitch the flag back to its original 13 stripe format.

The public is invited to participate in a stitching ceremony for the flag from 2-6 p.m. at Southport Baptist Church at 124 N. Howe Street.

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