National 9/11 flag to end 50-state tour in Joplin

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | 7:56 a.m. CDT; updated 9:35 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 8, 2011

JOPLIN — An American flag honoring victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will conclude its 50-state journey in Joplin on the 10th anniversary of the catastrophe.

The National 9/11 Flag originally flew from a damaged building across from ground zero in New York.

Survivors of the 2008 tornado in Greensburg, Kan., helped restore the flag with remnants of flags from their community.

On Sunday, survivors of the May 22 tornado that killed 160 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in Joplin will sew the final stitches into the traveling symbol.

The day's scheduled events include a silent tribute at Cunningham Park and a memorial service at Missouri Southern State University.

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