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By Bryan Black

Our country has come a long way since September 11th, 2001 and the tragic events that occurred that day. In some ways I miss the way we all came together in the days following all the hurt, sorrow and disbelief.

We were united and almost everyone flew American flags for our fallen heroes and all who were lost. It’s this that I reflect on each year when September 11th, now Patriot Day, comes around.

The thing is, I haven’t forgotten, I’ve always flown a flag each and every day at my house and in the last year have finally gotten around to having a proper full-size flag pole installed in my front yard. There’s only one other gentleman in our neighborhood of over 200 homes that has a flag flying daily, also on a flag pole.

Have most forgotten that unity we had in 2001 when we all stood behind the flag? It’s the symbol of the strength and resolve of our country and the banner our heroes have fought for and perished under.

Fly your flag proudly and don’t think you need a holiday to mark in order to do it. Remember our fallen heroes each and every day and all that they’ve given us. Thank those in uniform you run into and be appreciative of their service. My dad always buys a meal for anyone he sees in uniform and it’s something I truly admire in him.

Whether you agree with current politics or not is irrelevant and shouldn’t affect your patriotism. Stand behind our flag and NEVER FORGET

If you’d like to download and display the graphics that Matt created on your Facebook Timeline, you can download the full-size version you see above  here, or the fallen Firefighter version here and the fallen Police Officer version here.

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  • Guru The Second

    Hey Bryan, I just want to take a moment and say thank you to you and your entire team here at ITS Tactical. In the past 48 hours alone I have seen posts that not only brought thought provoking evidence of what most of the country are turning a blind eye to but also showed the true heart of an American Patriot. Thanks so much for reminding me why I love being a part of this community.

  • Greg Faherty

    I was in NYC that day. I agree that one of the few positive things about that day was the way the country came together, not the least of all, in NYC. Here are a few things about that day that I will never forget.

    Shortly before the second tower went down I was leaving my office to pick up my then girlfriend on my motorcycle. I couldn’t believe how quiet the streets were, it was almost eerie. Then overhead, I heard an airplane and like everyone else around me I immediately looked up and saw that it was fighter jets patrolling above. And I felt relief. To be standing in NYC, in the United States of America and feel relief that there were jets above patrolling really hit me.

    Getting home late that night in Brooklyn (south of the towers) and the air was still full of burning debris, drifting down and it stank of metal and plastic burning.

    Watching convoys of construction equipment streaming down the west side highway, being led by police officers, national guard, off duty cops on their motorcycles etc with thousands of people lined up on the streets cheering them on.

    As awful as that day was, it brought out the best in that city and that is saying a lot.

  • My father has flown both the American flag and the Marine Corps flag in our backyard since Sept 11, and since I became a US Marine. And my Grandfather, who has passed, who also is a Marine, proudly flew a flag in his front yard. No one, nor American should have to have a day to fly our flag; It should be a duty of everyone who lives in our great county to be proud of who we are, and what we stand for.

  • Leon Kowalewski

    I have been flying an American flag ever since I’ve owned my own homes (1982), I to have finally have a flag pole in my yard, it currently flies the American flag and the Navy EOD flag in support of my son and his crew.
    I’m proud of who I am and the men and women that protect and serve me and my country.

  • Unforgetable

    Flying the flag’s a start, not an end in itself. Working to make this world a better place for everyone honors the 9/11 victims more than ignoring perpetual militaristic conflict overseas and deliberate ignorance of the erosion of freedom here at home.

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