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Posted: October 9, 2009 11:04 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Where has all the patriotism gone? Since the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, the displaying of the American flag has dwindled to where there are very few flags being proudly flown from residences. When 9/11 happened, everybody was displaying the flag from every house, rooftop and car window in town.

By the summer of 2002 practically every one of those flags was gone and hidden in a closet in the house or the shed until the next time terrorists decide to attack our country and murder our citizens. Patriotism just folded its tent and went into hiding almost as though people were ashamed to display the American flag.

My wife and I drove around the Galaxy and Emblem tracts (Saugus) on Patriot Day, Sept. 11, and counted only about two dozen flags being flown from the houses.

What about the rest of you? It doesn’t make any difference what political party you belong to because the flag is non-political. It just represents this great country of ours and it lets others know you are proud of it. I ask all of you to start displaying the flag of our country and show everyone you are not ashamed to show your patriotism.

Some of the days that are particularly good for displaying the flag are New Year’s Day; Jan. 20, Inauguration Day; Feb. 12,  Lincoln’s birthday; third Monday in February, Presidents’ Day; third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day; June 14. Flag Day; July 4, Independence Day; first Monday in September, Labor Day; Sept. 11, Patriot Day; Sept. 17, Constitution Day; second Monday in October, Columbus Day; Nov. 11, Veterans Day; and the third Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day.

Or you can fly the flag every day you are at home, as we do.


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