GregSeptember 25, 2001 at 8:16 pmPost count: 397
What are everyone’s thoughts on raising flags from other nations as well?RJSeptember 25, 2001 at 8:35 pmPost count: 40
I think others who have mentioned the fact that not just Americans were killed, have a valid point. Logistically, however, it might be hard to represent all the nations that were affected unless we raise a world flag (is there such a thing) or a United Nations flag, or find another way to represent those nations who lost citizens as well.MMMSeptember 25, 2001 at 9:28 pmPost count: 16
I can see allowing people to fly other flags on summits in addition to the American flag, but not in place of it. Yes, 20% of the victims were from other countries, but the main target was to kill Americans on US soil. I think it’s fine and appropriate to acknowledge these other countries, but not at the cost of downplaying or denying patriotism for our own country.RJSeptember 25, 2001 at 9:38 pmPost count: 40
I agree with your point Mary that the American flag should be the prominent symbol. I guess I’m trying to appease everyone and every point. Obviously if I continue to do that, we will never accomplish our goal.GregSeptember 25, 2001 at 9:38 pmPost count: 397
I agree with Mary. If people want to raise flags from other countries affected by this tragedy, so be it; as long as it’s not in lieu of the American flag.HeadwallHunterSeptember 26, 2001 at 6:59 amPost count: 4
If somebody who happens to be hiking up one of the 48 the day we do this decides to raise a flag other than the American flag, I certainly don’t think anyone should tell them not to. That would be un-American. However, I also don’t think that anyone involved in this project should raise anything other than the American flag. It would be just another example of Americans being more proud of the countries our Grandparents came from (which most of us have never even BEEN to) than the country we currently live in. I lost two cousins of Italian descent in the Twin Towers collapse, but I don’t think we should raise an Italian flag. One of the great things about this country is that it is made up of people from many other countries. When someone asks: “What are you?”, you answer, “I’m Russian, I’m German, I’m half Polish and half Vietnamese. The fact of the matter is, you’re American. And you’re American for a reason. Because it’s the greatest country in the world. We wouldn’t have lost members of 80 (#?) different nationalities two weeks ago if they didn’t feel the same way. It’s wonderful to be aware of where your family came from, but if it were a better place to live, that’s where you would be. The problem is that most Americans only display their patriotism when there is a war. (and to a lesser extent during the Olympics) Well, here, with the events of 9/11/2001, we have been given an “excuse” to show our pride. Let’s not dilute the spirit of our display by raising the flags of other countries.burgSeptember 26, 2001 at 5:39 pmPost count: 4
I think it should just be left open. Anyone wanting to bring any flag, or some syymbol of their own personal choosing, should be encouraged. Or at least not discouraged. This about memorializing a tragedy and about freedoms, too. We should not try to police this, just organize it.GravitySeptember 26, 2001 at 6:27 pmPost count: 2
Lets make sure we don’t allow the flapping of our own flags deafen us to common sense in the same way as the terrorists were deafened by Bin Ladens propaganda.
[ This Message was edited by: Gravity on 2001-09-26 15:39 ]FrodoParticipantSeptember 27, 2001 at 3:13 amPost count: 335
I agree with most every one else. If people want to bring another flag of their heritage, or for any other reason, they should definitely be allowed to. Who are we to tell volunteers not to. As long as the American Flag flies, other flags will just add to the overall global tragic loss.GregSeptember 28, 2001 at 3:13 pmPost count: 397
As RJ pointed out via Email, we have absolutely no authority or even right to restrict others if they wish to display the flags of other countries that were equally affected by this tragedy. The American Flag will be the primary focus but other flags are welcome. Thread locked.
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