On September 29th, each of the Toms River fire companies will take part in ceremonies that will involve a flag that flew over Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.

John Sullivan, the owner of American Flag Company of Forked River, sent the 3'x'5' flag to Ground Zero after 9/11 to be flown over the rubble. Since then, the flag has flown with the military in Iraq and Afghanistan; at the site of the capture of Saddam Hussein; and on aircraft carriers and in various military aircraft on missions.

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The flag will be presented and ceremonies held at each of the six Toms River fire departments (Toms River Fire Companies 1 and 2, East Dover, Pleasant Plains, Ocean Beach, and Silverton) on Saturday, the 29th.

Each ceremony will consist of the flag being flown on the fire company's flagpole for 9 minutes, 11 seconds. After the ceremonies at the fire companies, a final ceremony with the flag will be held at the Toms River Fire Academy on Church Road at 4 p.m.

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