#AmherstMa Select Board pocket vetoes flying flags on 9/11. Did not even take a vote. No commemorative flags in the downtown this 9/11.
#####Tonight at 8:00 PM the Amherst Select Board, like a previous Select Board did almost 11 years ago, will decide the fate of 29 commemorative flags: to fly or not to fly, on the most depressing anniversary of my lifetime, 9/11.
Currently SB policy is to allow the commemorative flags, which do fly every Memorial Day and five other holidays, to fly on 9/11 once every five years or what SB Chair Stephanie O'Keeffe referred to as "milestone anniversaries."
On the night of September 10, 2001 about 12 hours before the first plane struck its intended target in New York City, I closed my brief presentation with a question: "Do you really want to be remembered as the politicians who voted against the flag?"
And tonight I will leave this Select Board with another simple question, "Do you honestly believe 9/11 is only worth commemorating once every five years?"