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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?

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It is most unfortunate that it took such a horrific incident for our country to show its patriotism. We are Americans, and we should have been standing tall and flying our flags every day of our lives for all those who have fought wars so we could be free. Some children haven't a clue, or do they learn in school about WW 2, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, etc. Memorial Day comes and it goes, every year as do the ole solider who fought for us so bravely. I pray to GOD that when this is "over" and we have conquered, we NEVER again forget, become lax, put the flags away, and let our patriotism fade. Where were those flags on September 10th???? I have not stopped crying since Tuesday, September 11th. I personally knew someone on Flight 11, and can't even image the terror she must have gone through. I have been so moved by every act of patriotism that I have witnessed, but the one that has touched my heart was when the three New York Firefighters raised the American Flag. I have two sons who are Firefighters and I can't even image what the families of those who are lost, are going through. This should have never, never happened to our great country! GOD BLESS AMERICAN AND GOD HELP US ALL!!!!!
-Anonymous, Boston

I have to disagree with Jen saying that the South Shore does not have many flags...did you miss the group of people on the Middle Street overpass Friday night hanging a flag for all the cars on Route 3 South to see?? They were there for hours! Every house in my neighborhood has a flag out...even my neighbor has the Boston Herald's flag taped to his front window!!
-Liz, Weymouth

Most original goes to a co-worker I saw strolling into our cafeteria. He wore red and white pants (one leg of each) and a bright blue shirt, and had a small American flag on a stick stuck through a buttonhole as well. Most touching - the LTC who played "Flowers of the Forest" on the pipes at the Hanscom Base Chapel prayer service on Friday.
-Sharon, Waltham

Friday night I drove to New Hampshire with my family to celebrate my sister's birthday. We stopped in Dover to eat at Newick's Restaurant. Five minutes after we sat down, a table of people stood up and said, "God Bless America". Within 20 seconds, the entire restaurant of several hundred people were on their feet and everyone sang "God Bless America" from start to finish. I don't think there was a dry eye in the entire place. It was the most patriotic and inspiring thing I have ever witnessed. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
-James Shockley, Allston

I thought it was inspiring when the members of Congress sang on the steps of the capitol.
-Dottie, Boston

Whether it be patriotism or a showing of ultimate respect, last Thursday evening I saw something I'll cherish forever. I'm originally from Framingham and have lived here in New York for a little over a year and a half now. I had gotten home from work and stepped out to Third Avenue(via 28th Street) for a coffee run to a Dunkin' Donuts around the corner. As I reached 3rd, a long flatbed truck was slowly headed uptown. Assembled on the flatbed were 25-30 construction workers and firefighters whom had just come from their work efforts at "Ground Zero", they were on their way uptown for a well deserved break. As they moved slowly up Third Avenue those on the street, including myself, continuously applauded and cheered for the men and their humble bravery. A sight more reserved for small town behavior is now commonplace here in "The Big City."
-Chris Timoney, Manhattan

I am originally from NYC, and had friends running for their lives - to see other states coming to the rescue/support of their sister state was an amazing and indescribable feeling. I think the passengers that diverted the plane from hurting others was heroic, the many firefighters, mine workers, policemen and women and EMTs risking their lives in the search and rescue effort is also truly heroic, but as a New Yorker, living in Boston (and loving it) - the drive between NY and Boston brought the biggest surge of U.S. pride. ... I went down to help my community Thursday night, and the DJs on the radio stations I had on were playing inspirational as well as patriotic songs and then on my way back home to Boston I saw so many people with flag pins/ribbons, and cars with adorned with flags -- it brought a smile to my face, and tears to my eyes.
-Nameless, Brighton

On the day of national prayer and the evening vigil, people on the streets actually looked me in the eye and took the time to say hi and ask how I was doing.
-Emily M., Medford

I am grateful for the patriotism being displayed across the country. The following are a few that have touched me most. A young man in Walker Valley, NY painting "God Bless America" on a large fence in front of his home using red, white and blue paint. Two school age girls handing out red, white and blue ribbons they had made to customers entering a store in Pine Bush, NY. Driving from NY State to MA, there were many flags hanging on overpasses. On one overpass, several individuals stood in front of a fire truck waving flags for the cars passing below to see. All three sights brought tears to my eyes.
-Cher, Newton

Last Wednesday I was pretty jumpy when I returned to my job high up in One Beacon Street. Through most of the day, every loud noise startled me. There were sharp, metallic cracking sounds that sounded to me like gunfire. Finally, I looked out my window and saw that the "gunfire" was actually just the sound of construction workers laying metal roof slats on a building across from me, on Tremont Street. On the corner of the highest platform they were working on the workers had posted an American flag. I can't tell you what a relief and comfort that sight was and continues to be to me whenever I look outside.
-Anonymous, Boston

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