“We just came from Corpus Christi and most of the official buildings there are flying the U.S. flag at half-staff, but not here at the courthouse or bank,” she added.
The local resident wondered whether we’ve already forgotten that horrific tragedy, just 11 years later.
Intrigued by her query, we went online to verify whether President Obama had made an official proclamation. Indeed, he had, designating the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to the United States as Patriot Day and National Day of Remembrance.
“Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country’s darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead,” Obama said in a proclamation released on Monday, Sept. 10, by the White House.
The president called upon all departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the United States to display the nation’s flag at half-staff in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
Apparently some officials did not receive the message. County Judge David Silva, when contacted, said his office had not received an email from the state requesting flags be flown at half-staff on 9/11 as an official day of mourning or remembrance. The last such notice he had received was to honor the memory of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25.
Certainly, many businesses and even some individuals, including a Baptist pastor, were flying the American flag proudly Tuesday. Also we’re aware of several 9/11 ceremonies in the community, including the annual Freedom March at Thomas Jefferson Elementary and a patriotic program at Hacienda Oaks nursing home.
However, the Beeville area should do more to commemorate the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and especially the courage of the first responders at the Twin Towers and Pentagon, as well as those brave souls who sacrificed their lives and took the last hijacked plane down in that Pennsylvania field.
For most of us, 9/11 is this generation’s Pearl Harbor Day. Those who witnessed the horror and heroism should never forget it.