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This Friday, a Bismarck State College department chair, Robert Arso, will have a hand in the display of the national 9/11 flag that will be flown at the State Capitol.

Arso is a Brooklyn, N.Y., native and is among a handful of North Dakotans chosen from nominations by the New York Says Thank You Foundation to sew a restorative patch to the 9/11 flag.

The 30-foot flag which was hanging at ground zero was removed by a construction worker and placed in a bag for seven years until tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kan., stitched it back together in 2008.  

New York firefighters will assist Arso and other nominees to sew fabric from an American flag flown in North Dakota, and destined for retirement, onto the 9/11 flag.

The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and is followed by stitching open to the public until 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall of the Capitol.

“I’m really honored and proud to be selected to do this for the state and the country,” said Arso, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and North Dakota Army National Guard with service in Operation Desert Storm.

Arso chairs the BSC Career and Technology Department and is professor of electronics-telecommunications technology.

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