The Flag

The Flag

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We've all seen Thomas Franklin's photograph of three defiant firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero on 9/11. As America steamed towards inevitable war, Vanity Fair editor David Friend commissioned photographer Harry Benson to shoot the flag on the Roosevelt for an upcoming 9/11 pictorial. The only problem was--as Friend soon learned-- the signed flag on the carrier wasn't the same flag raised at Ground Zero. In fact, the original was missing--either misplaced, stolen or secreted away by unknown forces in the chaos of Ground Zero.