Old Glory Waves Proudly This Weekend As America Remembers 9/11 ~ By Wendy Mitchell
Richard Godfrey, owner of American Pride, holds a flag in front of his shop on Greenwood Ave.
This Sunday, September 11, 2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on our nation. Americans across the country will hold memorial services to remember those 3,000 whose lives were tragically lost that day. This weekend, in and around Bethel, there are town observances planned. All will have a symbol that stands for freedom, the American flag. For each of us it holds a different meaning, but for most, especially as we remember the victims of 9/11, it means “Freedom.”
For Mr. Howard Lasher of Newtown, who lost 10 of his dear friends on September 11, 2001, passing by the “Old Glory” memorial tribute at the end of his driveway every day is a daily reminder of the freedoms we hold dear in this country. And that “Freedom isn’t free.”
“The American Flag Memorial is about the people who tragically lost their lives on 9/11 and also for all those men and women who have given their lives in defense of our great nation. Whether it be Iraq, Afghanistan and all the wars, The American Flag Memorial represents what they died for.”
Bethel resident and Marine Dan Gaita said never does he remember such a sense of patriotism as on September 12, 2001.
“I never recall our nation as united as the days following the horrible events. Flags appeared on every home, business, and office. That tragedy welded the American people together in ways our generation never experienced. America, on Sept 12th, 2001 stood as one. Thousands died that day and thousands more have died due to what happened that day. ‘Never Forget!’”
For Bethel resident and Vietnam war veteran Richard Godfrey it stands for freedom. Godfrey and his wife own the store “American Pride” on Greenwood Ave., located right next to Whitlock’s Restaurant. The shop sells flags and patriotic items. Godfrey said” “When you go through war it changes your views on life, especially after September 11th because that really hit close to home.”
Godfrey’s shop, American Pride
, is located at 273 Greenwood Ave., is open Saturday for those who would like to purchase flags for their home, lawn or car. Call the store at (203) 792-5300.
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Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered flags at half staff and a moment of silence on Sunday, September 11, 2011 to remember those whose lives were lost. Below is his press release:
MALLOY ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11
Sunday: Flags at Half-Staff; Moment of Silence at 8:46 a.m.
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement in remembrance of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:
“Ten years ago, the world, the country and our state changed forever. As the Mayor of Stamford at that time, I recall going to the train station to wait for the trains coming home from New York City, watching some of the people get off covered in soot and dust, and sending first responders to New York City to help with the response. In some ways, that day feels like it happened a long time ago; in other ways, it seems like it happened yesterday. Regardless of how many years go by, time does little to erase our memories of that day and for those who lost loved ones, the memories they have of that person or people will live on forever; their grief is our grief. Ten years later, we remember the countless, selfless acts of bravery and courage undertaken that day by so many men and women – and most especially, but not limited to, uniformed personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice. And we of course think daily of the men and women serving in the Armed Forces who have sacrificed their own lives on behalf of our own. Our world is different, our country was impacted, and our state was forever altered, but ten years later, I remain convinced of our resiliency and determination to move forward from this terrible tragedy.”
In recognition of Honor our Heroes and Remembrance Day, Governor Malloy has directed flags to fly at half-staff on Sunday, September 11, and asks residents to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time American Airlines flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Flags will return to full staff at sunset on Sunday.
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I Am Old Glory by Howard Schnauber
I am the flag of the United States of America.I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I stand side by side with the Maple Leaf on
the worlds’ longest undefended border.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped — I am saluted.
I am loved — I am revered.
I am respected — and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war
for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy.
Guam, Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me,
I was there.
I led my troops, I was dirty, battle worn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me And I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of
countries I have helped set free. It does not hurt,
for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on
the streets of my country. And when it’s by those whom
I’ve served in battle — it hurts.
But I shall overcome — for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over
the uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded
comrades on the battlefield, When I am flown at
half-mast to honor my soldier, Or when I lie in the
trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their
fallen son or daughter, I am proud.
MY NAME IS OLD GLORY. LONG MAY I WAVE.