Nominate a Local Service Hero to Stitch the National 9/11 Flag

In celebration of Constitution Day on September 14, famous flag will come to Montclair State for New Jersey’s only flag-stitching ceremony

In celebration of Constitution Day, the commemoration of the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the National 9/11 Flag, which was destroyed in the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001, will make its way to Montclair State University on September 14, where FDNY firefighters will assist local service heroes in an historic stitching ceremony to help sew the New Jersey restorative patch onto the flag.

The second stop on a national tour planned for the flag, Montclair State is the only university in the nation on the tour, and the only place in New Jersey where a flag-stitching ceremony will be held. The University community and the public are invited to attend the Constitution Day opening ceremony at the University Conference Center at 10:00 a.m. and are encouraged to nominate local service heroes for the honor of adding their stitches to the flag.

Nominees for local service heroes should be people who are shining examples of those who serve and sacrifice to their local communities and to the nation. There is no age restriction and they may be anyone who serves, such as military veterans, first responders, educators, students, or volunteer service leaders. Nominations must be received by September 9 and must be submitted online at by clicking on “Nominate a Service Hero.”

Organized by the New York Says Thank You Foundation, the National 9/11 Flag Tour’s goal is to display the historic flag at leading venues nationwide, to empower local service heroes in all 50 states with the privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13-stripe format, and to inspire 300 million Americans with the flag’s rich visual history in order to deepen our sense of citizenship and national pride and bolster the spirit of volunteerism on the 9/11 Anniversary and year-round. Having the flag on campus will serve as the perfect backdrop to Montclair State's Constitution Day celebrations.

Please join us for this historic event on September 14, and be sure to enter your nominations for local service heroes at “Nominate a Service Hero” by September 9.