NYPD First Responder Recalls Raising 1st Flag at Site of 9/11 Attack

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | November 13, 2017 | 5:32 PM EST

American flag raised at site of 9/11 terror attacks. (Screenshot)

“They are why we stand” for the National Anthem, declares a video honoring the nation’s fallen soldiers and first responders, featuring a New York detective who raised the first American flag on the ravaged grounds of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

During its “Celebrate America” finale at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Nov. 4, PBR screened its “Never Forgotten” video demonstrating why the sport always stands for the American flag.

In the video, Det. Rich Miller of NYPD's Emergency Service Unit, recalls how, after the murderous attack on 9/11, he decided to find a flag and raise it above a burned-out area near the World Trade Center that became known as “the crater.”

It is recognized as the first flag to have been raised at the site of the attacks. Video of the event, shot by a local policeman, was recently discovered and is included in "Never Forgotten."


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