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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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  • Joe DiOttaviano

    On Sept 10th 2011 the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will be performing for the 10th year anniversary of the terrifying events that occurred on 9-11-2001. My son Thomas, and graduate of South Brunswick High School(Band) is a Marine (Cpl) in the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band(trumpet) in Cherry Point, http://www.facebook.com/2ndMAWBand It was an honor to see the same flag here in Southport that will make it’s journey back to ground zero for the ceremony that the 2nd MAW Band and our son will partake.

  • sailboat2323

    What is a local service hero?? A cop, fireman? That was a profession that was chosen and does not automatically make you some kind of hero. Get over yourself. Does this mean the dog catcher is a local hero? Meter maid? Want a TRUE hero it’s the US Soldier. I reckon the State Trooper that stopped the lady that was NOT drunk was a friggin hero, yeah right..

  • wandainmo

    I agree with Sailboat 2323………………they label everyone heros these days…look up the definition of a real hero.

  • john

    Richie Stewart was a hero. Devoted to the less fortunate, he would gladly have done whatever he could for the very villains who took his life.


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