Join us for a remarkable virtual event with local author and teacher Amanda Davis, who is launching her new children's book 30,000 STITCHES: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE NATIONAL 9/11 FLAG. The book tells the true story of the tattered American flag that flew over Ground Zero, traveled across all fifty states as it was repaired, and returned to New York as a restored symbol of unity. Just in time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, this heartfelt tale will stitch together the hearts of readers, just as the pieces and threads of the flag were stitched by military veterans, first responders, educators, students, community-service heroes, and family members of 9/11 victims. Each coming together to remember, to heal, and to unite. During the event, Amanda will present her book in an educational presentation and answer audience questions. This presentation is perfect for ages 5-8, and students, teachers, and parents everywhere are welcome to tune in. Save your spot in the free event below.
Amanda is personalizing copies of her book 30,000 STITCHES ordered from An Unlikely Story on or before May 4th. If you would like a personalized copy, please include the name of the person you would like your book inscribed to in the "order comments" when checking out on our website.powered by Crowdcast
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Discover the inspiring story of the American flag that flew over Ground Zero, traveled across all fifty states as it was repaired, and returned to New York as a restored symbol of unity.
In the days following September 11th, a 30-foot American flag hung torn and tattered at 90 West Street, across from Ground Zero. A few weeks later, the flag was taken down by a construction crew and tucked away in storage, where it stayed for nearly seven years.
The flag was brought out of storage in 2008 when the New York Says Thank You Foundation headed to Greensburg, Kansas, a town nearly destroyed by a tornado. NYSTY brought the flag with them, sparking a grassroots restoration effort that traveled over 120,000 miles across all fifty states, bringing together thousands of people, and helping America heal and rebuild . . . hand by hand, thread by thread, one stitch at a time.
This book is the story of that journey, a journey that ended at the opening of the National September 11 Museum, where the flag remains today. Along the way, the flag was restored using pieces of retired flags from every state—including a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid on after he was shot at Ford's Theater and threads from the original Star-Spangled Banner flag, which flew at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. The pieces and threads were stitched in by military veterans, first responders, educators, students, community-service heroes, and family members of 9/11 victims, among others. At each stop, communities came together to remember, to heal, and to unite.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amanda Davis is a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator. Amanda received a B.A. in English and Studio Art from Salve Regina University, and a M.A.T. in Art Education from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She currently teaches art at a public high school in Massachusetts, where writing and reflecting are an integral part of her curriculum. A member of SCBWI, 12x12, and a local critique group, Amanda loves nature, history, dogs, and all things creative. She lives in the Boston area with her partner and rescue pup, Cora.