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One week after observing a moment of silence to reflect and remember the three-month anniversary of Sept. 11 with one flag raising ceremony, USS Bataan (LHD 5) held another one. But this time, the ceremony honored the first flag flown at "Ground Zero" amid what was once the World Trade Center.
The "WTC flag" was raised in the middle of the rubble by New York City firefighters, and has since been flown by the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and other U.S. Navy ships deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"I was very honored to have been able to fly that flag on Bataan," said the ship's commanding officer, Capt. Martin R. Allard. …