On Thursday, September 11th, 2011, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this tenth anniversary of one our country’s worst tragedies. We should do this honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those serving in uniform who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.
On September 12, 2001, while feeling pretty helpless as to what to do in the aftermath of the attack, I purchased an American Flag and erected it on the CTL sign outside the Charleston office. I am proud to say that the flag (replaced many times) has flown at the office ever since. And now flags fly at all CTL offices and have for many years.
You do not need a large flag; just a small one you can stick in the ground in your yard will do just fine. Almost any store has them for a buck or two.
Be proud to be an American! God Bless America!!
Henry H. Lowndes, Jr.