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Lest we forget...or are we forgetting?

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 10:24 AM

"By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 ... the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as 'Patriot Day.'

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2007, as Patriot Day. I call upon the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Patriot Day..."


As of 10 a.m. on this appropriately dreary day Shelbyville Fire Department's flag was at half-staff with a wreath beneath.

The Bedford County Sheriff's Department, which doesn't have a flagpole, had several flags, which are normally displayed only on special occasions, hanging from the front awning.

Bedford County Courthouse was surrounded with flags, only brought out on special occasions, waving from utility poles as the flag on the flagpole was not lowered to half-staff.

Meanwhile, the flags at Shelbyville City Hall, Shelbyville Police Department and the U.S. Post Office were all the way to the top of the flagpole.

May we never forget...


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Or the CIA playing those "mysterious" videotapes at a very ironic time.

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 9:31 PM

I'm reminded of that day often. I was a second year radiology resident in Memphis on pediatric rotation at LeBonheur working with not so pleasant staff radiologist. Another radiologist came in from doing fluoro procedures and said that both towers had been hit. My staff radiologist kinda poo pooed the whole thing and said we should keep going over the umpteen chest films from the night before. My wife paged me and said that Pentagon had been hit and that the schools were closing. I just looked at my staff and said "you don't get it do you, we're at war". In a little while, both towers fell. My staff became strangely quiet. I found out later, he was from Manhattan. I found the radiologist who had broken the news later that day in his office staring at the wall. On the wall hung a picture of a fighter jet. It was his jet. He was a Naval reserve fighter pilot. He knew we had just been brought into a shooting war.

Since then I have seen my niece and nephew in the theater of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I have seen my own son go to basic training and become a reservist, possibly to be deployed. As much as the memory of those who perished should be honored, it is the thought, the dread, of what must be done in the future that haunts me. Bin Laden once again reminded us this week that there is still much to do, and much of it will be very unpleasant. And at a high price.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Tue, Sep 11, 2007, at 8:56 PM

I am saddened and angry at several things that I observed today.

First; let me ask someone that may know. Should businesses that fly the US flag also be flying the flag at half mast today? I noticed US Bank & Regions were not. The majority of businesses I noticed were at full mast. Worse than that I noticed that Shelbyville City Hall & Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce also were flying the flag at full mast.

This morning I put on a black shirt that has a flag across the front of it and these words:

AMERICA

UNITED WE STAND

In Memory of all Those who were lost.September 11, 2001

Nobody at work noticed and only one other person that I saw wore a shirt that had a flag on it. I work for a large manufacturing company in Shelbyville.

This is the first year since 2002 I have been at work on 9/11, as I normally take the week off. In 2002 I also worked for a different company and the company allowed those that wanted to gather for a moment of silence to remember. This company did not think anything about it.

Now I was no more affected than most Americans by 9/11. I did not have a loved one, nor did I know anyone personally that lost their life as a result of the terrorists on that day. However I remember where I was and what I was doing when that 1st plane crashed into the WTC. Normally I couldn't tell you what I was doing yesterday at a certain time.

Perhaps I am angry over nothing about the flag, but if there is a procedure about flying the flag and when to lower it, then I think if a business or whatever decides that they want to fly one, then they should know the proper way or not fly it.

I WILL NEVER FORGOT!

Just had to vent.

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Tue, Sep 11, 2007, at 6:37 PM

Good. I don't think any of the above intentionally forgot; after six years the memory, or maybe I should say the emotional impact, begins to fade a little.

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Sep 11, 2007, at 12:12 PM

If you check the flag at the Shelbyville Police Department is now lowered and a wreath is placed below.

-- Posted by cordell on Tue, Sep 11, 2007, at 11:40 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.