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Flag honors victims of terrorist attacks

Nevada County’s Pine Needlers Stitching Group is answering an appeal to stitchers to create a lasting memorial to honor those who have perished in acts of terrorism over the past 25 or more years.

Included in this memorial flag project are the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; the USS Cole; the American Embassy bombings of 1998; the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995; the World Trade Center bombings of 1993; and the numerous bombings of American facilities in the ’80s, such as the Marine barracks in 1983.



Conceived by Navy wife Elizabeth Barnes following the Sept. 11 attacks, the memorial flag will measure 35 feet high by 621/2 feet wide. The flag’s 13 stripes consist of 5,442 individual squares measuring 6 by 8 inches.




Each square is designed for counted cross-stitch to honor one of the victims of various terrorist attacks against the United States. Most of the squares include a graphic representation of the event and the name and rank (if applicable) of the victim.

There are 546 participating stitchers in 10 different countries and the United States, including 15 from Nevada County. The goal is to finish the flag by Sept. 11 for a tour across the United States before exhibiting the flag at a national memorial.

If interested, contact Pat Spencer of the Pine Needlers Stitching Group at 273-2760.

– The Union staff


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