INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — OneAmerica has found a new home for its display flag.
The flag became a centerpiece in the tower lobby since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“The American flag is an important symbol of who we are at OneAmerica. From the top of our Downtown Indianapolis tower to our walking flag used in parades, we are proud to display our Stars and Stripes, and we respect and cherish those who dedicate their lives to serving and protecting our citizens,” said OneAmerica President and CEO Scott Davison. “When the time came to find a new home for our well-loved flag, we could think of no better caretakers than our local heroes who responded in New York on 9/11.”
The flag was presented to members of Indiana Task Force One. This team is one of 28 rescue teams across the country that is designed to quickly assemble and respond to emergencies.
In 2001, 62 members of the force were deployed to New York City following the collapse of the twin towers.
The flag will be housed permanently at the Task Force base near the Indianapolis International Airport.
“This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, and given its connection to our deployment in 2001, we are proud to give this symbolic flag a new home,” said Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas Neal, who leads INTF-1 and was a commander of the 9/11 team.
In OneAmerica, the flag will be replaced by a permanent, public art tribute to the American flag.