11 September 2021
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.


Story: Divers Deploy 9/11 Memorial Flag on Key West Military Shipwreck
Locator Super: Key West, Fla.
Video: Video can also be downloaded from the Florida Keys News Bureau's FTP server (details below). Underwater B-roll of divers deploying huge American flag on the Vandenberg shipwreck, above-water B-roll of helicopter flyover.
TRT: 01:35
Filename: KeyWest9_11Tribute.mp4
Video Source: Florida Keys News Bureau

FTP Information
UserID: floridakeys@news.fla-keys.com
Password: islands
Folder: News Video

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