Amherst Town Center 9/11/11
The Amherst Select Board, as keeper of the public ways, will hold a Public Hearing on 8/27 to decide if 29 commemorative flags can reappear in the downtown this coming 9/11 to remember 3,000 lives snuffed out in a heinous sneak attack that forever changed…everything.
And it's not you I'm concerned about ever forgetting that awful morning.
You remember exactly where you were, what you were doing when those cryptic first reports leaked out about something unusual happening in lower Manhattan. Or that first moment you switched on the television to whatever station you were watching the night before and that stunning image of those majestic towers billowing black smoke filled the screen.
My God...how could you possibly forget?
No, it's the younger generation I'm worried about. Those who were too young on 9/11/01 to grasp the severity of the wound inflicted on the American psyche.
Under current town policy regulating/restricting the flags to six holidays, they can fly on 9/11 only during "milestone" anniversaries, meaning every five years. So last year on the tenth anniversary, the first time I did not have to go before the SB with my annual request (which was denied for years on end), they did fly.
But now they will not fly again until 2016, on the 15th anniversary. In 2020, another off year, the freshman class coming to UMass/Amherst will not have been born on 9/11/01
Those 3,000 slaughtered Americans are just as dead this year as they were last year, and still deeply deserving of our reverence: not just one-out-of-five, but every year.
President Obama and Governor Patrick have ordered all state and federal flags to half staff to remember, honor and commemorate those killed in the Aurora, Colorado senseless mass murder.