Chubb Donates Recovered Ground Zero Flag to National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Chairman and CEO Evan Greenberg Joins Ceremony to Unveil the Iconic American flag  

The iconic American flag three New York City firefighters raised above World Trade Center rubble on 9/11 that later disappeared has been recovered and donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels and Chubb Chairman and CEO Evan Greenberg announced. 

On September 11, 2001, the flag was taken from the Star of America, a yacht that was docked at the World Financial Center and owned by Shirley Dreifus and her husband Spiros E. Kopelakis.  Chubb insured the yacht.  The flag, which was seen around the world in Thomas E. Franklin’s iconic photograph, was lost after 9/11.  The value of the now-historic flag was significant, and Chubb paid a claim to its original owners.  When the flag was recovered, Chubb held an ownership interest.  Chubb, a long-time supporter of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, is proud to donate the flag to the museum.   

The raising of this American flag was a powerful symbol of hope, strength, and resilience at one of the most trying moments in our nation’s history.  As we prepare again to pay tribute to those who were lost, this flag is a timely reminder of the spirit of our heroes and the resolve of a great city and great nation.  Chubb is honored to donate the flag to its permanent and proper home in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.”

-Evan Greenberg, Chairman & CEO, Chubb

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National September 11 Memorial & Museum News Release 

Watch:  The History® channel special, “Americas 9/11 Flag:  Rise from the Ashes,” which chronicles the story of the flag’s discovery and return to New York, premiers Sunday, September 11 at 10:30pm ET 

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The Ground Zero flag at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Photo Credit:  Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial

Photo Credit: Thomas E. Franklin

Chubb Chairman and CEO Evan Greenberg at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.  With, from left, Joe Daniels, 9/11 Memorial President; Brad Meltzer, author and HISTORY host.  
Photo Credit: Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial