Amherst downtown 6/14, aka Flag Day
On the night of September 10, 2001, less than 12 hours before the world changed, the Amherst Select Board had closed the contentious public hearing concerning 29 commemorative flags flying in the downtown and they were discussing the matter among themselves before coming up with a list of days to commemorate.
After Anne Awad had grudgingly stated she would support only July 4th for the extra flags to fly Select Board chair Carl Seppala, when giving his fuller list, said in a somewhat exasperated tone, "Well, they do call it Flag Day."
Flag Day probably gets a little lost since it comes smack in the middle of two flag centric events: Memorial Day and July 4th. Sort of like having a birthday a little too close to Christmas.
Any day, however, is as good as another when it comes to honoring our flag -- and the boundless sacrifice it represents.