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Lost 9/11 Flag Found, Returned For 15th Anniversary

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A photograph of firefighters raising a flag at ground zero on 9/11 hangs on the wall during a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee's Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee on Sept. 10, 2014, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 09 Sep 2016 10:48 AM

The lost 9/11 flag that firefighters flew at ground zero was found in Everett, Washington, in 2014 and has been moved to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City for this weekend's 15-year commemoration.

The mystery, though, remains about the iconic flag's trek more than 2,500 miles from New York City along with the man known only as "Brian" who brought the flag to the Everett Fire Station in late 2014, according to Seattle's KCPQ-TV.

 

Through an examination by forensics materials scientist Bill Schneck at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, authorities determined that the flag Brian turned in was indeed the flag that three firefighters rose over the ground zero rubble Sept. 11, 2001, KCPQ-TV reported.

"I always wanted to do something patriotic and this is as close as I'm going to get, being as patriotic as I wanted to be," Schneck told the television station about his six-month examination of the flag, analyzing dust on the flag with debris from the World Trade Center towers along with photographic evidence.

"First examining the particles on the flag and comparing it to the trade tower dust that was collected right at 9/11. And I realized the same assemblage of particle types were found on the flag as the 9/11 ground zero dust," Schneck added.

The flag, though, had remained missing until the mystery was aired on "Brad Meltzer's Lost History" on the History Channel spinoff network H2, The New York Times reported.

"All we did was put up the modern-day version of the wanted poster," Meltzer told the Times. "We put that flag on TV."

Four days after the Oct. 31, 2014, airing of the episode, a man popped up at the Everett Fire Station with the flag in a plastic bag, the Times reported.

"He used the name Brian," Mark St.Clair, the deputy chief of operations at the Everett Police Department told the newspaper. "At least that's what the firefighters recall him using."

Authorities said Brian identified himself as a former U.S. Marine who had been deployed to the Middle East and was given the flag by a widow of someone killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York, the Times said.

He also said he worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, but a composite sketch of Brian did not turn up any persons of interest with the NOAA

"In the beginning it was just a flag that was returned," Kim Gilmore, a senior historian at the History Channel, told the Times. "There was a lot of work to determine if it was the ground zero flag."

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