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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?

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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 their protection in times of disaster, but for the leadership, commitment and righteousness they bring to work with them day in and day out.
-Bruce, Sterling

Tuesday morning my boss was ranting about how he couldn't use his cell phone, or talk to anyone without hearing about the World Trade Center news. He had no idea of the extent of damage and suffering which had occurred. After spending Tuesday night with his family, he came in Wednesday morning a changed man with a huge flag and 20-foot flagpole, which he spent the day attaching to the roof of our office, so it waves high over our town. And then our entire office went to give blood.
-Heather, Portsmouth, N.H.

I have seen way too many displays of patriotism to be able to choose just one. The country has come together to celebrate America in the wake of the worst attack against it. I just hope everyone realizes that this is how it should be in the good times too.
-Dave, Malden

The most inspiring display of patriotism over the past week for me has been how close we've all become as Americans. We've joined together despite our race, our religion to help out our fellow Americans in this time of great need. I've never seen so many American flags as I have this week. The people seem nicer towards one another and that makes a world of difference to me.
-Nancy Godfrey, Dedham

The most inspiring display of patriotism is one that I've witnessed since as long as I can remember. It's my parents putting their American flag out EVERY DAY. The only day my father didn't put out the flag was on St. Patrick's Day when he puts out his Irish flag. Our flag should be flying on houses ALL the time, not just in times of turmoil. They should have never come down since the Gulf War. We should never have to scramble to buy flags and hang 'em high. They should be up waving proudly ALL THE TIME. God Bless America!
-Caroline, Boston

Barbara Lee courageously voted against giving carte blanche to President Bush in his "crusade," when debate on the measure was curtailed. While it is a time for Americans to come together, there is never a time when democracy should be weakened. Lee's lone nay vote was a powerful symbol of what the American way really is.
-Dan, Watertown

I recently attended a golf event that included dinner and a raffle. One of the prizes was $4,000 cash. $2,000 went to the United Way and the other $2,000 the winner could keep. Well the winner came up and donated his $2,000 to the United Way as well. It gave me goose bumps.
-Leigh, Chatham

The image shown of the three rescue firefighters putting up the American flag on top of the WTC rubble. A clear indication of life, liberty and what we stand for here in the USA.
-Alex, Waltham

I live not far from the home of Robert Hayes, a victim on flight 11 that crashed into the World Trade Center. On Friday evening as I left my house I drove by and for the first time since the tragedy, I cried. In front of the house were flowers, cards ... and a family holding candles hugging each other, crying. All along the street you could see candles for miles ... and the last thing I saw as I drove away from the house was a young boy holding a candle who looked like he missed his Daddy.
-Brandy, Amesbury

Watching Dan Rather cry on TV last night was heartwrenching!! That really made me realize how serious this is. Dan Rather has seen it and been through it all, he broke down last night on Dave Letterman and that broke my heart!!
-Elizabeth, Watertown

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