For immediate release - Tuesday, December 11, 2001.
Contact Bob Brammer - 515-281-6699.
Iowa Flag Flies Over Ground Zero
DES MOINES.The Iowa flag began flying Tuesday at Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center attacks three months ago today.
Construction workers at the site invited members of the Iowa Crisis Response Team organized by the Iowa Attorney
General's Office to send the flag, in appreciation for the Team's work last month doing crisis intervention with the
workers. The team gave support to the workers doing the physically and emotionally demanding work of clearing the site
and searching for bodies and personal items of thousands of persons killed in the attack on September 11.
The Iowa flag, which earlier flew over the State Capitol in Des Moines, is flying near the top of the 1000-ton crane at the
Forty-seven Iowans have served in five Iowa Crisis Response Teams organized by the Crime Victim Assistance Division
of the Attorney General's Office. The teams have served at Ground Zero in NYC and at Jersey City NJ, just across the
Hudson from the WTC site.
A sixth team of eight Iowans will serve at the Family Assistance Center in NJ from Saturday, Dec. 15, through Friday,
Dec. 21. [Note: 11 of the 55 total members have served on more than one team; i.e., 44 different Iowans have participated
from communities all over Iowa.]
Six Iowans served at Ground Zero November 3 to November 11. Crane workers at the site invited Alison Whall and
Kirstin Lippincott of the Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division to send an Iowa flag to hang from the
largest crane there. The flag is expected to remain as long as the construction work continues at the site.
"I'm proud that our flag is flying at Ground Zero," said Attorney General Tom Miller. "It symbolizes that Iowans are
prepared and ready to step forward generously to help others around our country and the world.
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