Shanksville Pennsylvania 10:04 AM 9/11/01
As Flight 93 streaked toward Washington D.C. that fateful morning, passengers huddled in the back of the plane realized they had become unwilling conscripts in a suicide mission. So they decided to do something about it.
But before they made their desperate, valiant attempt to retake the plane, they did something as American as apple pie: they took a vote.
Men and women from all walks of life decided -- in the most democratic manner possible -- to go to war defending their country.
Although they fell short of the objective that awful morning, their supreme sacrifice saved scores of fellow Americans and represented the first tactical victory in "the war on terror."
So I suppose it's fitting that the Amherst Select Board agenda for Monday night's meeting was finalized on Wednesday afternoon, the 12th anniversary of the most heinous attack on American soil in our entire history.
The Select Board will act on a voter petition I handed in two weeks ago with more than the requisite number of signatures, requesting they place the "only in Amherst" controversy of flying commemorative flags on 9/11 before the voters this March 25.
(Last year's annual town election had a 7% turnout.)
Whether you think the commemorative flags should fly annually on 9/11 -- as they do on Memorial Day -- or agree that once every five years is sufficient, surely we can all agree there's no harm in confirming that with "The People."
After all, isn't that one of the most cherished rights our flag represents?
"We the People," cordially request ...