NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time Wednesday.
The enormous National 9/11 Flag was unfurled at the World Trade Center site in a ceremony to mark the opening of the museum.
FDNY firefighter Bill Ingraham shared the flag duties with other first responders, children and residents from across the Tri-State Area selected to take part in the ceremony.
“I lost a lot of friends here,” Ingraham told CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell. “It was never our flag to begin with. We just kept it safe. It belongs to the country.”
After the flag was refolded, firefighters marched it into the museum.