Original Caption: A worker stands at Ground Zero in New York City.
U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P8026-16
Created By: President (2001-2009 : Bush). Office of Management and Administration. Office of White House Management. Photography Office. (01/20/2001 – 01/20/2009) From: Photographs Related to the George W. Bush Administration, compiled 01/20/2001 – 01/20/2009 Production Dates: 10/3/2001
When I browsed the National Archive Flickr page, I found a set called American Spirit Renewed, showing hundreds of pictures of American pride and national vitality. This picture caught my eye because in a sea of red, white and blue, this picture was one of few without a blatant waving American flag. The flag in this picture is subtle; a subtle sign of the life force that kept the country going after the attacks in New York City. The hard hat most probably had the flag already on it but never before the capture of the picture had the tiny symbol meant more. As the worker gazes over the wreckage of Ground Zero, the photographer and photo viewer receive the sentiment of the events tragedy and the revitalized spirit of the US. The picture is a quiet piece of propaganda for nationalism and recovery.