To honor the victims of the attacks on September 11th 2001, flags are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 11th. A nationwide moment of silence will be held that day at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
I asked my intern to write a blog about Patriot Day. She pointed out to me that she was 2 years old when our country was attacked on September 11, 2001.
I remember the day clearly. I was out jogging and around 8 am I had a strong feeling to pray for President (George W.) Bush. I call this a Holy Spirit moment. After the jog I went to the post office and was told that our country was attacked. Everyone was numb, paralyzed. The event of the day was so horrific it was difficult to believe what actually happened. The days following the attack compounded the horror as the country began to realize the impact of the tragedy.
The attack on American soil on September 11, 2001 created a surge of Patriotism that overwhelmed the Flag Manufacturing industry beyond anything we could ever imagine.
Although I was stunned by the events of that day I knew I had a responsibility to snap out of my daze and prepare to serve my country by supplying the United States flag to the citizens of our country. I placed large orders with all my suppliers requesting immediate shipments. The phones started ringing. People appeared at my door with cash in hand to purchase flags and hardware so they could display our colors, support our country and stand united with the symbol of our National Flag.
At the end of the day, I attempted to check and return the hundreds of phone calls on my voice mail. I made a decision to shut down my website since I was barely able to service local business and my existing customers. One of my local suppliers allowed me to come to the factory on Saturdays to fill up my car with flags, poles, brackets and patriotic decorations so I would have inventory to offer for one more week. Deliveries from other factories around the country went back out the door as fast as they came in. Mayor Bloomberg’s office continuously called, day after day and wanted to purchase every flag I had on the shelf. The entire industry was operating at full speed in a state of pandemonium. The emotional drain of the attack had us all in a state of mental exhaustion. Anything Red, White and Blue went flying off our shelves.
Fifteen years later, I am still privileged to sell the flag of the United States for a living. Corporate, military, government, and many other organizations still fly our flag every day. However, it seems that individual flag wavers have waned. I am always amazed at the number of banks and financial institutes that do NOT display our colors. Many of our veterans and civil servants still have a strong love for the flag and fly it regularly with pride. Has our sense of Patriotism diminished?
In two months, we will be voting for a new president. Seems to me our county is in flux again. Should I stock the shelves or let my inventory dwindle? Thank you for thinking ABOUT FLAGS!
Presidential Proclamation: Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.