Two interesting thigs came across my desk today.
First was this e-mail:
THE PROGRAM IS THIS: On Sunday, September 11, 2005, please display an an American flag outside your home, apartment, office, or store. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this fourth anniversary of our country's worst tragedy. We should do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those 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.
Action Plan: So, here's what we can do...
(1) Let other people know about this. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.
(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.
Second, was the selection of a memorial for this site. My friend Brad rides his motorcycle a lot, and one of the more moving experiences he has ever had was at this field. I get a feeling similar to the one he described when I go here; you can feel the history, you can sense the power of what occurred in these places.