Fly an American Flag at Half-Mast on 9/11

Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 18:40:16 -0700


Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG AT HALF-MAST ON 911 campaign and PLEASE FORWARD this email immediately to everyone in your address book asking them to also forward it. We have a little less than one week and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America. If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same…you get the idea.


On Tuesday, September 11th, 2007, an American flag should be displayed at half-mast outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag at half-mast on this anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, and friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting abroad in an illegal, unnecessary, and brutal war.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against violence and war. Sadly, that patriotism was used against us and, perhaps not surprisingly, the flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another symbolic attempt at manipulation to galvanize us in solidarity. Americans don’t believe in proactive war. Flying an America flag at half-mast is symbolic gesture of mourning and a recognition that together we can prevail over propaganda and ignorance of all kinds.

Action Plan: So, here’s what we need you to do…

(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don’t be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and how you feel about the illegal, counter-productive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size at half-mast size on 9/11.

Honestly, Americans should fly the flag at half-mast year-round until the wars are over, but if you don’t, then at least make it a priority on this day.

Thank you for your participation.

God Bless You and God Bless America

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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