Hand In Hand, Strong We Stand × Together We Band, Across This Great Land


A group of strangers who became family during their time volunteering at Ground Zero after 9/11…


We have a variety of annual events, and - THE NEXT UPCOMING EVENT IS Veterans Day Parade N.Y.C: 11/11/2018


Born September 2001 in Lower Manhattan, Ground Zero Volunteers Flag is a group of strangers who became family while volunteering following America's darkest morning in history.

The Ground Zero Flag displayed on 1 Liberty in September 2001. Photograph by: Denise Lutrey Casalinuovo.

Ground Zero Volunteers Flag, originally known as The Ground Zero Flag was founded in 2001 by a few New Yorkers volunteering at Ground Zero. Made and donated by Valley Forge Flags of Pennsylvania, The Flag is 60' X 30' and weighs 92lbs. It was first displayed on 1 Liberty Street, known also as Brooks Brothers Building September 22, 2001 for approximately two months (due to repairs beginning on the damaged building). The Flag assisted in strengthening the fortitude those who responded to the most devastating attack to occur on American soil. Since 2002, The Flag has been presented for various causes all around New York; including but not limited to: Horse Soldier Dedication, USS New York, USS Intrepid, The New York City Veterans Day Parade, Bronx Veterans Day Parade, Cyclone Stadium, Mets Stadium a.k.a City Field, Salute to America, Band of Pride/Stand Up America Tribute, and the annual September Tribute.

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, people flocked to the ruins of the Twin Towers and several other destroyed buildings to offer help in any way possible. Providing aid based on each volunteers individual set of skills, many worked tirelessly among First Responders, New York's Finest and Bravest. The Flag that fortified and united so many people over the years was retired in 2011 due to historical reasons. Thus the group's name officially changed from The Ground Zero Flag to Ground Zero Volunteers Flag in honor of the original Flag's retirement.

It's the "end of an era" but it's not the end of our traditions. The bonds formed by Ground Zero volunteers of all walks of life are truly unique and unbreakable...That's why 92lbs of cotton hasn't altered that. Each year our Ground Zero family grows and we're honored to continue these traditions with our new 60' X 30', 90lb Flag to this day.

Our group's new Flag was thankfully provided again by Valley Forge Flags.

We'd like to give a special thanks to Unifuse for beautifully crafting and donating our custom made Flag case in spring of 2011. It makes makes transporting our Flag to events quicker, simpler and easy.

God Bless Our Veterans and God Bless The United States of America.

Who We Are

If a picture's worth a thousand words, a video's worth a million.


Many strong connections were made between people down at Ground Zero, despite the terrible atrocities that occurred. The Founders of the Flag met down at Ground Zero and "joined forces", each combining different energies, that have helped make our community what it is today...17 years later.

Left to Right: Denise Lutrey-Casalinuovo, Johnny Casalinuovo & John Mcguire.

Note: John McGuire is no longer an active member of our group



Along the way, there's always friends that go above and beyond...

Donated a beautiful custom crafted Flag Carrying Case in May 2011. Location: 2092 NY-9G, Staatsburg, NY, 12580 - Phone: (845) 889-4000

Donated The Ground Zero Flag and provided Ground Zero Volunteers Flag. Location: 875 Berkshire Blvd, Wyomissing, PA, 19610 - Phone: (610) 376-2400

Ace Banner is a manufacturer of custom banners, flags and displays -- located in Manhattan, New York. A very good Friend of The Flag that's helped us create various banners for Veterans Day in New York City.

The Fire Department of New York City was established July 31, 1865 and has been fighting fires in New York ever since. Every year they assist us in the September Tribute.

New York City Police Department established sometime in 1845. Every year they assist us in the September Tribute.

The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of The City Of New York
Hosted numerous Veteran Art Shows also featuring our Flag - "Established in 1820 as the Apprentices’ Library, by the 19th century the Library had become the largest free circulating library in New York City. The Library space is host to our 176 year old lecture series, which includes the Labor, Literature and Landmarks, and Artisan Lecture

German Bicyclists
A large group of bicyclists who were visiting from, you guessed it, Germany - who were kind enough to randomly help us carry our Flag following one of our events.

After seventeen years of doing the September Tributes, one local news station finally covered our community gathering at length. A BIG THANK YOU to @GregMocker & @PIX11news! We hope to see you again next year!


We've been involved in many events over the years and there will be more to come...

See photos of such events - Click HERE