Acts of patriotism
Last Tuesday's terrorist attacks have prompted an outpouring of nationalist sentiment on a scale not seen since World War II. What is the most original or inspiring display of patriotism you've witnessed over the past week?
Lowell proved to be truly an All-America city Friday night. The amazing number of people -- of all races -- participating in that national candle-light vigil. It brought tears to my eyes to witness the entire country uniting right before my eyes.
The huge American Flag displayed on Stoneham City Hall.
Just look around. There are signs of Patriotism EVERYWHERE... From the firefighters in NYC to the little girl waving a flag on your local street corner, we've all shown amazing unity. One thing that always gives me chills is The President saying to the rescuers at the WTC "The people that knocked these buildings down will hear all of us..."
Dan Rather breaking down on Letterman last night. Maybe it wasn't the most heroic display, as there have been so many. But to see a man who has seen so much just break down and cry just shows how much this country means to people.
I am moved and humbled by the acts of heroism of our nation's fire, police and rescue personnel. They do not waver and never fail to display the finest of our country's resolve. I recall the sadness and the incredible support offered by these men and women for the loss of our firefighters in the Worcester warehouse tragedy. This nation owes a debt of gratitude not only for thier protection in times of disaster, but for the leadership, commitment and righteousness they bring to work with them day in and day out.
Patriotism prevented the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania - the passangers VOTED, using democracy, to prevent another attack on Washington.
The NY Fireman this morning, who, after digging for long hours in the pit of the rubble, turned to his brother firefighter and asked if there was still any hope for survivors. When told "Of course! There is always hope yet!", he replied, "I pray there is- My son is a NYC police Officer, and is still in here!" Then, he went right back to work in the rubble, trying to find others.
This may sound odd, but one of the greatest acts of patriotism I saw this weekend was not by an American. On Saturday, The Champ Car series went ahead with its race in Germany, becoming the only major US sports series to hold its events. Alessandro Zanardi, and Italian and former series champion, had removed the sponsors logos and carried an American flag on the side of his car. While leading the race with only a handful of laps to go, he was involved in a terrible accident in which he lost both his legs and nearly his life. As an announcer said later in the say. here was a brave man "taking risks in a time of risk." He continued on with his job at the vanguard of helping Americans return some normalcy to their lives, and he paid a huge price doing so. Thank you Alessandro.
I was driving up to NH on Sunday and at the Hampton tolls, the toll collector took my hand as he took my toll, asked me if I was doing all right and told me to make sure I stay safe. That made me smile so brightly that I am still talking about it, not because it was a big deal, but because, every American is looking out for their "brother or sister". Let Freedom Ring!!!
-Lisa, West Medford
Hearing of the actions by the passengers on flight 93. Those individuals took the first step in winning this war. What would you have done?
-Eric Gilson, Cambridge