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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Featured Image: An American flag, erected by rescue workers, stands in the wreckage of the World Trade Center September 13, 2001 in New York City, two days after the twin towers were destroyed when two hit by two hijacked passenger jets. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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