Theodore's World: Stolen flag that flew over 9/11 rubble returned to New York home

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July 07, 2014

Stolen flag that flew over 9/11 rubble returned to New York home

Stolen flag that flew over 9/11 rubble returned to New York home

An American flag that was flown over the World Trade Center ruins after 9/11 and was stolen last week from the front porch of the family of a fallen firefighter has been returned with an apology note.

The flag was returned to Melissa Brengel’s home on New York’s Long Island Thursday with a note that read, “I am so sorry, I had no idea,” an NBC affiliate reported.

The family believes the flag was stolen last Monday or early Tuesday.

“We put it out during certain times of the year just to remember,” Ms. Brengel said of the flag, which was given to her by the September 11th Families Association after it had flown over the World Trade Center ruins, she told the station.

Ms. Brengel’s brother, Jonathan Ielpi, was 29 when he died at the World Trade Center in 2001.

“I don’t think there’s a way [the thief] could have known, but at the same time, they’re coming onto my property and taking something that means so much to me and so many Americans,” Ms. Brengel told the station. “It hurts me and all of them that somebody could do something like this.”

Wild Thing's comment.............

I am glad the thief returned the flag. The thief could have kept it, even knowing what it meant ... or thrown it out. I'm glad for the family of Melissa Brengel, that the flag is back in their possession.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 7, 2014 12:55 AM


This time a HAPPY ENDING.... We found a WW II 48-star US flag at a flea market and chose to keep it INSIDE our home because of this same story...

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at July 7, 2014 05:45 AM

A thief with a conscience.

Posted by: BobF at July 7, 2014 09:19 AM

Maybe now he will stop being a thief.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at July 7, 2014 12:41 PM