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Sailors participate in Fleet Week New York 2012.
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (May 26, 2012) Sailors from the guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America and bystanders take part in the unfurling of The National 9/11 Flag at USS The Sullivans Pier during a public display of the flag for Fleet Week New York 2012. The flag was discovered shortly after the attacks on September 11th, 2001, tattered and torn, hanging on the side of a building near the World Trade Center site. As part of an effort to restore it, the flag has traveled the country and received repair patches from retired flags in all 50 states. This summer, the flag will receive another patch containing fibers of the Star-Spangled Banner housed at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. Ft. McHenry marks the site where Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that would become the National Anthem in 1814, during the War of 1812. The National 9/11 Flag will go on permanent display at the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, N.Y. once construction of the memorial is complete. This marks the 25th year the city has celebrated the nation's sea services for the citizens of New York and the tri-state area. This year, the seven-day event, coincides with the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, with more than 6,000 service-members from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard sea services in addition to coalition ships from around the world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy K. Johnson/Released)

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