Patriot Day – In Remembrance of 9/11

September 11, 2012

Personal, Politics

American Flag at Half Staff

Patriot Day, not to be confused with Patriots’ Day commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord, was created by Congress in October of 2001 and signed into law by President Bush on December 18, 2001 in remembrance of the 2,977 people that perished in the Terrorist Attack on September 11, 2001. This is a solemn day of reflection on the lives lost, rather than a holiday to be celebrated. Flags are to be flown at half staff across the nation.It is hard to believe that we’re eleven years past that fateful day.  It is unfortunate that so many of our troops have perished bringing those responsible to justice, but we should all be proud of their efforts and sacrifice.  It makes me cringe that one of those accomplishments has been reduced to a bumper sticker slogan in the current election campaign.  It strikes me as disrespectful…  Necessary and Just, but not something to boast about.

I have a nephew that has served in the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past six years.  My college roommate recently retired from the Army and was also involved there.  They are among many that we all know who have served our Country and moved the conflict overseas and away from our shores.  They all deserve our thanks on this day as well as every day.  Flying flags at half staff is a simple way to show that we remember their sacrifice.

In doing a little research today, I ran across this site:  Half Staff American Flag Notifications  It has a widget to display the American flag and will show it at half staff with the explanation of why it is at half staff if you want to add it to your website.

I also found this site:  What on Earth is that Flag?  It’s where I borrowed the picture in the upper left from.  It is in a blog format and has lots of different flag information, not only about about the American flag, but State flags, other country’s flags and common flags such as the Olympics’ flag as well.

Take time to think about those that lost there lives this day eleven years ago and how that event has changed all of our lives to this day.  Please lower your flag in respect.

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