Ground Zero Flag to Fly During Olympic Winter Games

05 Feb 2002
IOC News Press Release

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed earlier this week in Salt Lake City to allow a US flag found at Ground Zero to fly above Rice-Eccles Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

The flag will fly during the Opening Ceremony just as it did during the Super Bowl. Raising the flag during the US National Anthem was the preferred way to include the flag during the ceremony. While some parts of the Opening Ceremony change to reflect the culture of the host city, the procession of athletes is a part of the universal Olympic Protocol that has essentially remained unchanged in the modern Olympic era.

"The IOC decided flying the flag above the stadium during the Olympic Ceremonies was the best way to honor both the flag and the Olympic Protocol which has withstood the test of time," said Anita DeFrantz, senior US IOC member. "This way all participants and spectators can honor the flag.

"The Olympic Movement around the world has expressed its sympathy for the victims of September 11th in many ways since that tragic day," said DeFrantz. "Showing the flag this respect is just one more way."
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