Schumer Urges Americans To Wear The American Flag

September 5, 2011 Updated Sep 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM EDT

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Schumer Urges Americans To Wear The American Flag

September 5, 2011 Updated Sep 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM EDT

Schumer: We Should All Display the Flag Like We Did the Day After the Towers Were Hit

WASHINGTON, DC ( release ) U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged people across the United States to prominently display an American flag, either by hanging it on their homes, from a window, or wearing it, for the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Schumer said that displaying the American flag would be a fitting tribute to those we lost on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 that every American can take part in, whether at home, school, the office, or at a memorial ceremony.

“Displaying the American flag on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 will make good on our promise to never forget those we lost on that fateful day, and will send a powerful message of ongoing national unity and resolve,” said Schumer. “Even if you are unable to attend a 9/11 memorial event on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, you can take part in a national tribute by joining fellow Americans and displaying the flag that day,”

The American flag is and has always been a powerful symbol of the resilient and indestructible American spirit and of the values that unite us as a people. According to historian Adam Goodheart, 150 years ago, after the outbreak of the Civil War, Americans began displaying the flag as a sign of solidarity and patriotism, a tradition which has continued to this day, particularly in some of the nation’s most trying times. Prior to the Civil War the flag was mostly displayed as a military insignia or marker of American territory.

“From Betsy Ross to Iwo Jima to Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, the America flag is a demonstration of pride and strength for our country, and on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, we should display it proudly as a nation,” continued Schumer.

Schumer himself began wearing the flag in the immediate aftermath of the attacks ten years ago to pay respects to those who lost their lives and to send a message of national unity and resolve and urged Americans across the country to display it themselves. In the weeks after 9/11 Americans all across the country began displaying the American flag on lapel pins, as decals on their cars, and with ribbons to demonstrate their resolve and patriotism. This demonstration became a national movement, as people sought to express their support of those affected by the attacks and for their country.

Today, Schumer urged all Americans to once again display the American flag on the 10th Anniversary to once again unite across the country in honor of those we lost. Both the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York (UFA) and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) voiced their support for Senator Schumer’s call on Americans to display the flag on Sunday.