Retired Fire Department of New York City firefighter Joe Torrillo has made keeping the memory of 9/11 alive his life’s mission.
On June 14, 2013, Flag Day, the “Patriot Flag” was unfurled at the 9/11 Memorial. The large 30 x 54’ flag covered a wide area beside the South Pool on the plaza.
Torrillo, a first responder on 9/11, is part of a non-profit organization called World Memorial, which has proudly taken the flag to all 50 states in honor of those lost in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.The tour was coordinated by World Memorial president Mitch Mendler and Wayne Louth, who also donated the flag. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Torrillo and former New York Police Department Volunteer Civilian patrol Mike Hughes unfurled the flag nearby all three attack sites, including stops in Times Square in New York City, Shanksville, P.A. and near the Pentagon.
“My next goal is to take the flag to Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Torrillo. “I’m very proud of where we have brought it so far.”
Torrillo (pictured above, right) was assisted by more than 20 9/11 Memorial staff as the flag was displayed in front of the South Pool. A day after the visit to the 9/11 Memorial, Torrillo will board a flight to bring the “Patriot Flag” to the U.S. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, where it will be unfurled at a court house.
By Anthony Guido, 9/11 Memorial Communications Manager