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Ground Zero flag flies at IWP on 9/11 anniversary

Observing the fifth anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks, the Institute of World Politics flew a flag from the Ground Zero site in New York and had an exhibit of artifacts from the disaster and the recovery.

The flag is on loan from Jennifer Spano, an IWP student from New York. She volunteered for the recovery effort two days after the World Trade Center towers fell, and remained working at Ground Zero for the next eight-and-a-half months until the recovery was complete.

Jennifer and the other workers were presented with individual flags, folded by sailors aboard the USS Iwo Jima, at a ceremony at Ground Zero on May 28, 2002.

Jennifer is also loaning the Institute relics from the World Trade Center, including a slab of shattered plate glass and a steel cross made from an I-beam of one of the skyscrapers.

She says the post-terrorist experience motivated her to quit her job and study at IWP for a new career.