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Danish PM Donates Country’s WTC Flag

Top: International flags hung from the mezzanines of the World Trade Center (9/11 Museum collection photograph).  Bottom: Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (R) presents her nation’s flag to 9/11 Memorial Museum chief curator Jan Ramirez (L) (Photo by Michael Frazier). Top: International flags hung from the mezzanines of the World Trade Center (9/11 Museum collection photograph). Bottom: Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (R) presents her nation’s flag to 9/11 Memorial Museum chief curator Jan Ramirez (L) (Photo by Michael Frazier).

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt today visited the National September 11 Memorial, where she handed over a Danish flag found in the ruins of the World Trade Center, to the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

The Prime Minister also laid flowers by the Survivor Tree and participated in a moment of silence to commemorate the victims of 9/11.

“September 11 remains one of the darkest days in modern history and we must never forget,” Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt said.  “On behalf of Denmark, it is important for me to be here today to pay my respect to the victims their families, and to the survivors of the 9/11 attacks.  And it is my great honor, on behalf of the people of Denmark, to hand over the flag to the National September 11 Museum where it will serve as a token of Denmark’s continued support and commitment as a close friend and ally of the US.”

The National Danish flag “Dannebrog” was retrieved from the ruins of the World Trade Center after September 11, 2001, by the New York Police Department.  It was brought to the Consulate General of Denmark in 2006, where it has since been displayed in the condition it was found.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff