Later that afternoon and evening, several of us at the radio station began to hand out American flags to anyone who came through our parking lot at the studios. All of the stations in the building made the announcement of the giveaway, which sent hundreds of people driving up to get a flag to display.
That day changed us all. I felt everyone coming together as one proud nation. I know I wasn't the only one who felt that way. I remember President Bush's address to the nation when he said, "These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time."
In the days, weeks and months that followed September 11, 2001, our great country was covered in red, white, and blue from American flags as we mourned the incredible losses and stood strong against terrorism. Unfortunately, those flags have become less and less noticeable. For many, it was our patriotism that got us through those tough times.
To this day, I still proudly display Old Glory outside my home. On September 11th, I encourage you to display an American flag. I hope that one is displayed outside every home, office, apartment, and store in the United States in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11. Not just for them, but for their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those brave men and women who today are fighting at home and abroad to defend our cherished freedoms. God Bless the land of the free and the home of the brave.
"The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism....
It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn."