Heart of downtown this morning
I always love it when the DPW "forgets" to retrieve all the commemorative flags after one of the few holidays they are allowed to fly in the downtown. In this particular case, Flag Day.
And by the weathered looks of it one of the original 29 commemorative flags purchased in the late summer of 2001. Then Veterans Agent Rod Raubeson had put in a capital request to acquire the flags as part of his commemoration budget and it passed Town Meeting without comment.
But after he put them up in mid-August on a beautiful day much like today to test the apparatus, he decided to leave them up. At that point some people complained. Bitterly.
The illustrious Amherst Select Board, keepers of the public way, met to discuss the matter at their ever so routine Monday night meeting September 10th, 2001.
The next morning routine went out the window. Forever.
On August 31, after 14 years of stubborn refusal, the Select Board voted to allow the commemorative flags to fly annually on 9/11, although of the original 29 flags many have been lost or stolen.
Maybe I'll take up a collection ...
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