Honor Our Heroes on 9/11

By  Frederick R. Bedell Jr.,  Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911

NEW YORK CITY, NY 09/11/01 SEPT. 11TH / TERRORIST ATTACKS ON WTC: 3 FDNY firemen raise an American flag amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center, taken late in the afternoon on September 11, 2001. -photos by THOMAS E. FRANKLIN / The Record

I am sad to say that another anniversary is coming near of when terrorists attacked our nation on September 11, 2001. Now here is an idea for all Americans to not only remember those brave men and women who lost their lives on that day of infamy but I hope will show support for our brave men and women who are serving our nation today in the military.

On September 11th, I feel all Americans should fly the American flag outside their homes, apartments, offices, and stores throughout the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display the American flag on this the 20th anniversary  of our country’s worst tragedy.

We do this in honor of all who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends, and love ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherish freedoms. In the days, weeks, and months that 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 hard times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us into solidarity again. Our American Flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds. Now I call for this as a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served  in the Vietnam era, a member of the American Legion Post 103 in Douglaston, Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus, a member of the Queens Village Republican Club and a member of the Catholic War Veterans. As such please fly the American Flag on 9/11. I thank you for your participation and may God bless you and may God bless America.

Sincerely Yours,
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Bellerose, N.Y.

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