UN Flag flies above Black Liberation flag this morning
The pretty blue United Nations flag has returned to its perch directly in front of Town Hall after the previous one was stolen during a storm and briefly replaced with a pirate flag.
I'm told the last remaining member of the original committee who brought the request to Amherst Town Meeting in 1972 donated the new flag.
The Amherst town flag has been missing from the turret on Town Hall for about as long as the UN flag was missing.
The staff broke so it needs to be replaced before it goes back up alongside the state flag and one of the original 29 commemorative American flags (originally installed during that glorious summer of 2001) that have caused such controversy whenever the anniversary of 9/11 comes calling.
Interestingly Town Meeting this spring will no doubt unanimously support a "citizens petition" to declare June 14 "Race Amity Day". Of course June 14 is also "Flag Day". Which I find exceedingly appropriate.
The American flag represents the diversity -- aka "melting pot" -- of all the immigrants, all the races, creeds, colors, religions or sexual persuasions that built this great country.
And she represents the freedom so many of us take for granted.
Precisely why the 29 commemorative flags should fly in the downtown this coming 9/11.