ABOUT THE PHOTO
September 11, 2001 - the end of the world as we knew it.
The photo, which appeared Sept. 12 in The Record, has since graced the pages of many other newspapers as well as national newsmagazines. Network television has repeatedly displayed the photo during its round-the-clock disaster coverage, comparing it to the famous image of Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II.
Franklin, an eight-year veteran of The Record, took the photo late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, after spending hours at the scene. He was walking toward the debris of the World Trade Center when he spotted the firefighters.
"The shot immediately felt important to me," Franklin said. "It said something to me about the strength of the American people and about the courage of all the firefighters who, in the face of this horrible disaster, had a job to do in battling the unimaginable."
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* * *ABOUT THE FLAG
Much has been written about the flag shown in the photograph. Here are some of the more common questions asked about the flag:
No. The flag came off a near-by yacht docked behind the World Trade Center. Firefighter Dan McWilliams from Ladder 157 spotted the flag and flagpole and became inspired to move the flag and flagpole to West Street where rescue crews were desperately working. By September 13, the photo had already received so much attention that the public started asking about the both the flag and firefighters. Record Staff Writer Jeannine Clegg was assigned to get the background on the flag raising and her story was subsequently published in The Record on September 14.
Yes. It was originally manufactured by Eder Flag Manufacturing located in Oakcreek, Wisconsin.
The flag came off of a 130-ft. yacht named " Star of America, " owned by Shirley Dreifus of the Majestic Star company in New York. According to an article that appeared in USA Today on January 10, 2002, Ms. Dreifus noticed her flag was missing when she came to inspect the boat after the attack. People at the marina witnessed the firefighters taking the flag and were able to inform Ms. Dreifus that it was her flag that had apparently been raised in the now-famous photo.
No. The flag and yacht were sold to Majestic Star in 1997. Previously, both were owned by Mr. Dudley Webb, owner of the Jamestown Resort and Marina in Jamestown, KY. According to a story by Gina Kinslow, printed in the Glasgow Daily Times (Kenutcky) on January 20, 2002: Mr. Webb kept a box of flags on the yacht from the Eder Flag Manufacturing. Mr. Webb purchased the flag from Paul Edwards, a Barren County, KY, resident, who is a manufacturer's representative for Eder Flag Manufacturing.
Because of the photograph, the flag immediately became a symbol of the indomitable American spirit. Still smelling of smoke, the flag was immediately transported to the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt en route to Afghanistan. It was then shared with six other military ships before returning to New York City. On Monday, April 1, 2002, the flag was raised formally in front of New York's City Hall. All three of the firefighters who had originally raised the flag at the World Trade on September 11 were in attendance in places of honor. After flying over City Hall for a week, the flag is rotating among various city police and firehouses. It is transported in a case crafted by the Navy.
* * *AWARDS
The photograph has become an icon to the American public. Both the photographer and the newspaper are humbled and gratified that is has inspired the American public in the face of disaster. On March 11, 2002, the United States Postal Service issued a new stamp, Heroes of 2001, which featured the photograph and honored the men and women who participated in the rescue efforts on September 11, 2001. Because of its ability to touch so many so deeply, the photograph has received numerous awards, including.
1st Place Spot News
Photo of the Year, Spot News
1st Place, Major News & Event Category
2002 International Association of Fire Fighters
Associated Press Managing Editor's Association
Grand Prize Winner of Annual Photography Contest
Associated Press Managing Editor's Association
Best in Show / co-winner with David Handschuh
Award of Excellence, Sept. 11th News Category
First Place, Attack on America Feature Category
First Place, 9/11 Feature Category
Award of Excellence, Attack on the U.S. Photos
Thomas E. Franklin for his memorable photograph of three firefighters raising an American flag amidst the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers.