GZ Flag raised over fire training center; honors the sacrifices of 9/11

September 23, 2018

Ground Zero Flag, also known as a “GZ Flag,” was raised and flown recently over the Harry E. Diezel Virginia Beach Fire Training Center at 927 S. Birdneck Road, near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

 

The flag is 3' by 5' in size, made of nylon, adorned with with embroidered stars and sewn stripes, was made by Valley Forge Flag Co. in Womelsdorf, Pa., and was one of the last of such flags supplied by Valley Forge prior to the U.S. flag shortage following September 11, 2001.

 

The GZ Flag is admired by city staff at the 

Harry E. Diezel Virginia Beach Fire Training Center. 

 

Here is some of the flag's history: From September 29, 2001 to November 2, 2001, it was taken to Ground Zero, where it was hoisted over the entrance gate of the Port Authority Police Department’s (PAPD) Command Center and became known as the Ground Zero Flag, or, “GZ Flag.”

 

After the flag presentation at the command center, the original one was lowered from the entrance and brought to the recovery area, where it was flown in the rubble at the site of what was once the South Tower, also known as, #2 World Trade Center Plaza.

 

The GZ Flag remained flying in the midst of the recovery operation and was taken down at the end of the day and ceremoniously folded by officers of the PAPD recovery team and presented to American Expeditionary Forces to be brought back to Forked River when the group departed Ground Zero.

 

A religious cross was fashioned out of a piece of marble,

that was recovered from the lobby of one of the World Trade Center buildings from Ground Zero, and will be kept

as a memorial artifact.

 

In addition, a religious cross was fashioned out of a piece of marble, that was recovered from the lobby of one of the World Trade Center buildings from Ground Zero, and will be kept as a memorial artifact.

 

"This is not the flag captured in the iconic photo of the three firefighters hoisting the U.S. flag on the ships mast flagpole at Ground Zero on 9/11," said Art Kohn, spokesperson for the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

 

Information and photos courtesy of the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit.

 

The original one was lowered from the entrance and brought

to the recovery area, where it was flown in the rubble at the

site of what was once the South Tower, or,

#2 World Trade Center Plaza. 

 

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