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Watch Divers Deploy 9/11 Memorial Flag on Key West Military Shipwreck

  KEY WEST, Fla. — Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, divers in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary unfurled a huge American flag underwater Saturday and attached it to a historic military shipwreck.

Divers carried the 30- by 40-foot flag about 60 feet beneath the ocean’s surface and affixed it to the kingpost of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, the highest point of the wreck whose bottom rests in nearly 150 feet of water.

The 523-foot-long former Army troop transporter and Navy missile-tracking ship, scuttled some 7 miles south of Key West in 2009 to become an artificial reef, is the world’s second-largest ship intentionally sunk for that purpose.

The installation of the flag was followed by a flyover by two Navy helicopters, observed by boaters including relatives and friends of people who died in the terrorist attacks and their aftermath.

FloridaKeysNewsBureau release posted on SouthFloridaReporter.comSept. 12, 2021

Republished with permission

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