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9 times the Stars and Stripes provided hope among the wreckage [SLIDESHOW]

From the Civil War when we fought each other, to World War II where we fought some of the worst tyrannies in the canon of human crime, the flag has served as symbol and inspiration to all Americans.

In the modern era, it has flown in times of victory and in times of national healing.

Here are 10 times the Stars and Stripes provided hope among the wreckage.

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  • The night Osama bin Laden was killed. (Photo: Reuters)
  • Stars and Stripes after the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. (Photo: Reuters)
  • Draped over the Pentagon after 9/11 (Photo: fbi.gov)
  • The flag in the ruins of the World Trade Center. (Photo: Reuters)
  • Stars and Stripes after Hurricane Sandy. (Photo: Reuters)
  • By the dawn's early light.
  • After a WWII Japanese prison was liberated in the Philippines. (Photo: Wikimedia, LIFE Images)
  • After the Miracle on Ice. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Being raised over Iwo Jima

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