An American flag that purportedly flew over the Pentagon on Sept. 11 was burned by a man who said he wanted to end questions of authenticity over the banner he bought for $25,000.
John A. Andrews II, a general contractor and developer, successfully bid for the flag on eBay and planned to fly it over the new Newton-Lee Elementary School in Ashburn, named for two passengers on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.
But amid continuing questions, Andrews burned the nylon flag Wednesday.
“Since the purchase of this flag, the controversy over its legitimacy has continued,” said Andrews, Loudoun’s school board chairman. “For the victims’ families and the community as a whole, it’s a small price to pay to put the issue to rest.”
A man with cancer got the flag from a construction-worker friend who told him it had been flying atop a crane at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He sold it on eBay to raise money for his medical treatments.