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

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