Sunday, September 11, 2011

In Remembrance: 10 years later

This is sort of a repost from my 4th of July post because I talked about where we got this flag. I decided to tell the story again, 10 years later.

When I moved in with Tom he had a flag. We moved a few times and the flag disappeared. In 2001, we had moved to Boynton Beach, FL. So on 9-11-2001, we were without a flag to put out.

It was impossible to find flags after 9-11. We went out looking but to no avail. There was a little flag shop close to our house so a few days after 9-11, I was driving down the street after running errands and saw that the shop was opened. It had been closed for a few days but that day as I drove by, the owner was opening up.

I stopped and went to investigate. There were 2 people already on line when I walked in. Nobody spoke because we all knew why we were there and it was actually quite somber. As others realized the shop was open, they trickled in. We all waited our turn, placed our order and quietly went away.

I will always remember that the shop owner did not jack up the prices and was selling the flags for what he sold them before 9-11. I think we all appreciated that. When I walked out with my flag, there was a line out the door and cars lining the street. I was one of the lucky ones who got a flag.

This flag stayed out for months after 9-11. We flew it proudly. It has traveled with us ever since. For 10 years we have flown it on every holiday and every 9-11.


  1. That is very awesome!! I love the story of your flag!!

  2. That's a wonderful story - we also have a US flag that we bought a year ago. We fly it proudly.

  3. What a wonderful story, thank you for sharing it again as I missed it on July 4th. You brought tears to my eyes.
    It is small acts of kindness like the shop owner's that really show the true American spirit that prove that the terrorists will NEVER win.
    God bless your family, your flag and our wonderful country.