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?
Last Saturday a group of hikers climbed Mt. Liberty in N.H. and raised the American flag high over the valley for all the world to see. Another group soon joined them and they all said a prayer for the victims and our country.
I received an e-mail that showed other countries togetherness and support for our nation in a tough time such as this. It showed memorials set up from Canada to France, from France to Switzerland and so on. It was very moving because it displayed the sense of unity we have in this world. This act of cowardliness and terror that has struck this nation has affected us all in many ways. My prayers are with you all. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
The family in Palatine, Ill., who painted their house like an American flag because the stores were all sold out of flags.
The greatest act of patriotism this week was the congressional vote of Rep. Barbara Lee (Oakland, CA). She was the *only* representative to vote "no" on a bill authorizing Bush to do whatever he pleases in response to the terrorist attack. While her colleagues tripped over each other in a rush to give away our liberties and constitutional freedoms in the name of "unity", she was the only one to remember one one good thing this country really does stand for: the right to think freely, speak your mind, and vote in accordance with your conscience. Waving a flag is easy, cheap patriotism. It's OK, but it costs nothing, especially when everyone around you is waving the same flag. Voting "no" at a time like this is a far more meaningful vote of faith in America. I've seen nothing more patriotic than that.
On Sunday, I participated in a charity motorcycle ride called Alli's Rally. Most motorcycles displayed the American flag. Maybe 2000 motorcycles assembled in Middleton, Mass. The sound of all the bikes ripping along the roads caused motorists to pull over and wave flags of their own and show patriotic spirit. People came out of their homes and stood at the end of their driveways to cheer and wave!! Very intense and moving!!
A little boy standing at the side of the road yesterday with a hand made sign that said "God Bless America"
A co-worker just informed me that a cousin of her niece (who is 7 yrs old) ... bought ribbon materials and made red/white/blue ribbons and sold them in front of a supermarket. She made $500 to donate to Red Cross.
-Dessa Payne, Boston
There have been a lot of inspiring displays of our patriotism this last week, but they are symbolic of the way we feel, not representative of true patriotism. What was truly patriotic was the downing of the flight in Pennsylvania before it reached its target, the people in New York who gave their lives to rescue others, and all the people everywhere who didn't sell off (out!) in the stock market yesterday.
Hearing the guards at Buckingham Palace play "The Star-Spangled Banner" moved me to tears.
-Adam Thorsell, Roslindale
The courage of passengers and crew from United Flight 93 -- their heroic efforts should not go unrecognized by this country. To fight so that other fellow Americans on the ground do not perish is the ultimate patriotic action.
-Tracey Kimball, West Newbury