Fort Hood community restores flag from Sept. 11
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Fort Hood soldiers and their families came together Friday to restore an American flag recovered from the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City.
The flag is making a trip across the country, picking up pieces from other flags that were ready to be retired along the way.
Maj. Gen. William Grimsley is a senior commander at Fort Hood. He said the flag brings the country together in a special way.
"When you see the recovery of the national flag with pieces of other flags from other places who have had events happen, it just binds us together more strongly," Grimsley said.
Since the war on terror began, Fort Hood has lost more soldiers than any other military installation.
The post also experienced tragedy close to home last year when accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on the base, killing 13 and injuring dozens of civilians and soldiers.
"You can choose to live under a cloud when bad things happen, but that's not the American way,” Grimsley said. “We take the blows when they come, but we learn from them and grow stronger."
Once the flag has been restored, it will become part of the National September 11 Memorial Museum.