Acts of patriotism
Last Tuesday's terrorist attacks have prompted an outpouring of nationalist sentiment on a scale not seen since World War II. What is the most original or inspiring display of patriotism you've witnessed over the past week?
My 13 year old daughter and her friend walking through the neighborhood yelling "God Bless America! Light a candle at 10:00!" and handing out cookies.
-Cindy Keesler, Billerica
The most inspiring display of patriotism I have witnessed over the past week was the display of the American flag all over the place, whether it can be someone carrying the flag, on houses,or on cars. I felt that the spirit of patriotism was alive in all Americans and we were all united as one.
-D. Lipfert-Kwok, Lawrence
I'm at college in Worcester and the day of the attack my friends and I received an email asking us to dress in red, white and blue the next day. When I went to class the next morning I was shocked by the number of people wearing our country's colors. There were people who had criticized the country only days before showing their support and compassion. Its great how the whole country is coming together.
I have to admin that I became a little teary eyed when I saw coverage of the reactions from around the world. Especially Buckingham Palace playing The Star Spangled Banner during the changing of the guards. I continue to be amazed at the level of patriotism.
Definitely the John Mellencamp concert at the Tweeter Center last Thursday. So many people brought flags with them and the energy of the crowd was electric. Especially poignant were "Pink Houses" and "R-O-C-K in the USA." Chants of "U-S-A" emerged throughout the night. I'll never forget that show and how it lifted so many people's spirits via patriotism.
After living in the United States for over 35 years, my mom became an American citizen about a year ago. My brother's idea was to get her an American flag as a gift when she finally became a citizen. I personally thought that the gift was a little corny. On Wednesday (9/11 +1) I called my mom at work (my parents own a small restaurant in a small town in Mass) and suggested that she take it out and hang it in the window. She thought it was a great idea. I went home this weekend and I passed by the restaurant and saw the flag there, but I also noticed several other flags in other store windows, including the town hall which had a HUGE flag hanging from it. There were about 15 flags in a 1/2-mile strip of road. The outpouring of patriotism overwhelmed me. My mom proudly told me that her flag was the first one up.
Singing the National Anthem to start Mass on Sunday. And God Bless America to finish.
-Jim K. Billerica
I think this has put a lot of peoples' lives into perspective. I hope this tragedy will help reduce crimes within the US. It makes me sick to think of a US citizen hurting other citizens, or American children bringing guns into their own school and threatening the lives of fellow classmates. We live in a powerful, free country in which civil liberties were taken for granted. Hopefully we will all emerge from this stronger, safer and more united.
Saturday night at a Lowell club, all proceeds from the cover went to the Red Cross. They got $450. The band that played that night put in $550 of their own money to bring it up to $1,000.
On Friday night, on my way to Milton, I looked up and saw a gorgeous rainbow. And, then looked at my car window and saw a lone woman holding a candle, and I realized it was exactly 7pm. It was so cool, and incredibly spiritual. Then as I continued my drive, I saw people lined on the highways, stopped with candles in their hands. I arrived at my sister, and we went out to 93, and lit candles. We stood with a bunch of other people, including a bagpiper. It was amazing. I will never forget that experience as long as I live. The Unity that I witnessed was surreal.