I know that everyone over the age of 14 or 15 remembers where you were on Sept. 11, 2001, that horrible day when war came to our grandest city.
In the days following, American flags were seen everywhere and they could not be kept on the shelves, because they were always sold out. We all pulled together during that dark time and we were all Americans; period.
Let’s now fast-forward to 2013, just 12 years later. We now commemorate Patriots’ Day.
How many of you that have flagpoles placed your flag at half staff to honor our deceased from that day? How many government offices and buildings with flagpoles lowered their flag?
I drove around the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2013. I think the percentage was approximately 35 percent of remembrance and lowering of the flag.
Some of the more noted non-conformists were McDonald’s, Hamburg Village Hall, Hamburg Memorial Park, the state offices on Scott Street, Denny’s, just to name a few.
And, being a 20-year American veteran, I can say that I am appalled at the condition of some of the flags that are being displayed.
Some are badly faded. Some are starting to get ragged. Some are just plain red white and blue bits of rags on top of a flagpole. Just do this old sailor a big favor: Look out at your flag and check its condition.
I really do appreciate you flying Old Glory, but have a little bit of reverence, while displaying her. I know an awful lot of fellow veterans would appreciate your flying the flag we fought to protect and were proud to serve under in the manner that she is accustomed to being seen.
Petty Officer 2nd Class
United States Navy