August 27, 2002
Soon articles will appear in our local papers describing in detail the actions of various people during those dreadful terrorist attacks in New York, the Pentagon, and in a Pennsylvania pasture on 9/11 of last year. As I am sure many of you did in the days following 9/11, I proudly stuck an American flag pin with patriotic ribbons in my lapel, put out my American flag, and tied a small American flag to my car antenna to show my support for our national resolve to deal with those responsible for such horrific deeds.
Now, almost a year later, I paused to reflect on my patriotism. My resolve to punish those responsible had not wavered, but I found my personal display of patriotism needed attention. The lapel pin was without its ribbons of red, white and blue and it was still attached to my winter coat. My flag, though proudly displayed daily, had been in our glorious Nevada sunlight over eleven months and had thirteen alternating stripes of pink and off-white with fifty stars on a background of baby blue. And perhaps worst of all was the antenna flag with only a field of blue remaining because of its frayed condition. I knew better and apologize for my carelessness and disrespect. Both flag have been replaced with proper disposal of the faded and frayed ones. As for the lapel pin, I’ve found it and proudly wear it again.
I wonder how many more have forgotten, faded or frayed patriotism? Now would be a good time to correct it before we again honor those that made their most heroic and ultimate sacrifices on 9/11.