Exclusive: Brad Meltzer Confirms Recovery of Lost, Iconic Flag From 9/11

In the aftermath of 9/11, firefighters defiantly raised an American flag atop the rubble at Ground Zero. An iconic symbol of the country's strength and resilience, the flag went missing for years. Brad Meltzer, bestselling author and host of Brad Meltzer's Lost History, became obsessed with tracking it down.

"Everyone remembers that on 9/11 at Ground Zero, the firefighters raised that famous flag. And at this moment of heartbreak for our country, here was a moment of hope," Meltzer explained.

What many don't know is that the flag disappeared later that night.

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"So we went on television, the very first episode of Lost History. I told the story. I said, 'Please, if you have it, $10,000 reward. Return it,'" Meltzer said.

That toggled Glenn's memory.

"Hang on just a second. There was a replacement flag that people thought was that flag for a while, wasn't there?" Glenn asked.

Meltzer explained how the flag came down at 11:00 o'clock the night of 9/11, but no knew where it went and assumed the city had taken it down. When images began popping up a few days later, the flag became famous. A flag was signed by the mayor and politicians, raised at Yankee stadium and saluted by U.S. troops --- but it was not the 9/11 flag.

Four days after airing the Lost History episode, a former marine walked into a fire station in Everett, Washington and returned it.

"In Washington State, of all places, across the country. He identifies himself as a former marine and says, 'I don't want your reward. I just want to do the right thing. This is the 9/11 flag, and I want to return it,'" Meltzer said.

The flag went through a lengthy and rigorous testing process before being authenticated and confirmed as the 9/11 flag.

"We officially have found the missing flag from 9/11. It has passed all the tests. It has officially been verified. We, in fact, are unveiling it, and it is now, today, going into the 9/11 museum. It will be unveiled there on display so that you can take your kids and you can take yourself and you can go there to this amazing museum and be inspired. And that was always the real goal --- to finally return it to where it belongs," Meltzer explained.

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"That is fantastic. Just fantastic," Glenn said. "What was the evidence that pushed it over the top?"

Meltzer explained how the dust from Ground Zero is like a fingerprint.

"We had the expert who does those cases for all the firefighters on Ground Zero, people who got cancer, they're experts in this dust. And he said, 'The dust at Ground Zero is like a fingerprint. It's made up of not just a building, but it's made up of jet fuel and made up, Glenn, of human remains.'" Meltzer said.

"Oh, my gosh," Glenn said.

"Oh, man," Co-host Pat Gray exclaimed.

The expert said there was no question the flag was from Ground Zero. Eyewitness testimony also confirmed it's the exact flag raised by firefighters on 9/11. One other key factor was the halyard, the hardware that helps raise the flag.

"Most halyards, they're either gold or they're copper or they're silver and some color. And this halyard was very particular. It was handmade. It was made with two separate pieces, and no one knew that. And you can only see it in our high-definition pictures," Meltzer said.

"Oh, wow. Oh, wow," Glenn responded.

An hour-long special airs this Sunday on the History Channel called The 9/11 Flag: Rise From the Ashes. It details the discovery and investigation.

In addition to the History Channel special, Meltzer has also just released a new children's book from his "Ordinary People Change the World" series.

"This one is I Am George Washington. I read through it, and it's a powerful book. The lesson is on how to be like George Washington," Glenn said.

Don't miss The 9/11 Flag: Rise From the Ashes this Sunday, September 11, on the History Channel at 10:30 p.m. I Am George Washington is available at bookstores everywhere.

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Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.


After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.


Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."


There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.


Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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