Image of a Cross Shining Through an American Flag-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

A picture of a large American flag with what appears to be a cross shining through it from the sun in the background on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The Truth:

We’ve had some readers ask if this is a doctored photo.  The locals in Yuma, Arizona say it’s authentic.

The flag is said to have been hung between two cranes in the parking lot of Fry’s grocery store in Yuma on September 12, 2001, the day after the Attack on America. According to the folks at the Yuma Elks Lodge the flag is 60 feet tall and 120 feet wide. The picture was taken by Janna Noe who snapped the photo with her digital camera and noticed the cross when she later looked at the pictures.

When light shines through translucent fabric, there is frequently a distribution of the light along the pattern of the weave of the fabric.  This particular picture appears to have been taken when the sun was toward the upper portion of the blue section of the flag so the upper portion of the vertical line is shorter than the lower portion, resulting in a traditional looking cross.  If the sun had been in the middle of the blue portion of the flag, the lines would have been more equal in each direction.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

“Someone was asking me about the beautiful sunsets here in the desert, and I agreed that they were extraordinary, BUT! On September 11, this week, a grocery called FRY’s had this big flag up in their parking lot in honor of the fireman and others here and as the sun was going down, look at what appeared in the shadow of the stars…. it seems, dear friends, that we are truly, “one nation under God,” whether they want to believe it or not!”