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Original post made by Sharon on Sep 11, 2009

As I drove around our city this morning, I saw not one flag displayed on this anniversary of the worst tragedy on American soil. I guess Palo Alto really does have it's head in the sand.

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Posted by Sharin, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Sep 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

So, Sharon, I guess you did not display a flag either, since you claim you did not see one flag in the city. there are other ways to observe this day besides displaying a flag.

Posted by william, a resident of Professorville
on Sep 11, 2009 at 9:26 am

Some of us express our patriotism through action and not just symbols.

Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 11, 2009 at 9:32 am

Remember all those little flags on car antennas in October 2001 - tattered and filthy with road grime? Ironic how Americans got stampeded into mass flag desecration, isn't it?

America's freedom has been attacked far more from within than by external enemies [portion removed by Palo Alto Online.]

Posted by Agree with Paul, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2009 at 9:45 am

We have a flag holder which came with our house. Although I would like to show my support and pride for living in America, the American flag has become a symbol of Republicans, which I am not.

Posted by Pat Markevitch, a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 11, 2009 at 11:04 am

Sharon, I love my Country and I fly the flag on all major holidays. I remember when there were a lot more flags flown on these holidays, that's how it was in Palo Alto when I was a child and I have noticed a decrease in the amount of flags flown. I was not aware, however, that we were supposed to fly the flag on 9/11. If flying the flag on 9/11 is a matter of showing patriotic solidarity against a heinous act on Americans I'd be happy to do it. My question to you is, do you fly your flag on December 7th?

Posted by Elena, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Let me offer an outsider view - when I came to this country 20 years ago from Russia, I was very surprised to see Americans displaying flags and other signs of their patriotism. In the Soviet Union, people were so tired of official propaganda that it was incomprehensible to voluntarily display any symbols of the official statehood. America was so refreshing in its genuine patriotism 20 years ago, but now I feel that people are brainwashed into believing that patriotism is somehow bad, that it is more in vogue to be "ashamed" of US as a country, of US flag, of US military, of US police, etc. I remember during the citizenship ceremony in Oakland this spring that I attended as a guest for a relative, the official who was making a speech said to the newly sworn crowd of new US citizens that up until election of Obama he couldn't look at US flag without a disgust. I was shocked. This was the official ceremony for new US citizens. I think it is the core of the issue. People are too brainwashed by the media, and this brainwashing is much more smart that it was in communist countries because it comes from people who are much more likable and respectable than "Joe the Plumber". It is much more "cool" to side up with university professors, actors, writers, the "intelligenzia" than with midwest conservatives or "Sarah Palins":) But I think people fail to see the degragadation of society, the demise of moral values, the brainwashing, the shut-down of free speech, which are all so worrysome trends.

Posted by paloaltomom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Elena your insights are very much needed here in Liberalville. I used to think of myself as a liberal -- I've been a lifelong democrat. But over the years, it looks like we are moving to Big Brother or Big Government that will manage the people. Patty Fisher's column in today's SJMN is a good example of well intentioned but completely clueless about what is going on. She says health care is just too complicated for us to understand -- we need to trust and she trusts Obama because he is wise. Sounds almost reverential. I voted for Obama but not socialized medicine. If there is no danger of the main sticking points, then why not nail down the details andt put them in the Health care bill. But as it stands, it is vague. gee, I wonder why.

Posted by sharin, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Sep 11, 2009 at 1:52 pm

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Posted by Anon, a resident of another community
on Sep 11, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I wouldn't argue about where Palo Alto's head is, and I agree with Elena. But, I don't appreciate Sharon's attempt to call those who don't fly flags unpatriotic. This, by it's very nature, is a free country. I am proud to be here, proud to be an American, proud to be a Californian, but you don't get to tell me that I need to fly a flag in order to fit into your idea of patriotic.

Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

America's freedom has been attacked far more from within than by external enemies, often with the enthusiastic support of the noisy flag-waving crowd. The Bush administration comes to mind.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I my view it is up to people to remember as they see fit.

I felt that CNNs terrible, hysterical coverage this morning was appalling, they caused a temporary shut down of Reagan Airport and no doubt disturbed many many people.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Rest easy, all you flag haters. The City of Palo Alto never displays flags on Veterans
Day, the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Flag Day, or Labor Day. Sometimes not even in Civic Center Plaza (yes, that's what I still call it.) But Redwood City does. So do Los Altos, Mt. View, and Sunnyvale. Flags all over the place. There was the broohaha over PA showing any flags on the 50th anniversary in 1995 of the ending of WWII for fear it would distress our Japanese residents!! As for flags being a symbol of a political party? Oh, come on!!

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Wow, people sure got riled up. And yes, I did fly a flag today (I am a democrat by the way, to the person who sided with Paul, but omitted a name). This is America, the flag was once a symbol of our great country, which is why I fly it on 9/11. Americans died senselessly on that day, changing us forever. I remember them and the brave men and women who continue the fight on foreign soil. I am by no means a flag waver on a regular day Today I choose to honor the memory of those who died and continue to die because of 9/11.

Posted by Firefighter, a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm

All flags at Palo Alto Fire Stations were at half staffed.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Google ignored 911

However Bing is a different matter Web Link

Well done Bing, poor performance google

Posted by fireman, a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2009 at 7:46 am

Firefighter.....You will always be a WILLY-NILLY group of failed Spineless followers selling out the Fire Service for a little over time and a baseball card... IAFF Local 1319 is a joke.

Posted by fireman, a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2009 at 7:47 am

343 and counting............RIP..

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