Last week I visited Moughons Hardware the day after the anniversary of 9/11. When I walked in the door of Moughons, the first thing I saw was a large countertop where merchandise is usually displayed. There were only three things on the countertop: a soiled and tattered American flag, a fireman’s helmet, and a red, long stem rose.
Seeing that display was an emotional moment for me, as I am sure it was for all of Moughons patrons. The experience made me feel sad but it also made me proud to be an American. It reminded me of the ongoing sacrifices made by so many men and women to protect our freedom and
keep us safe.
It was a silent memorial. There was no fanfare. Below the display was a handwritten note that read, “All gave some. Some gave all.” (Billy Ray Cyrus) At that moment, I was also overwhelmed with the privilege of my freedom and I felt guilty for taking it for granted.
I’ll remember that simple memorial. It seemed to b...
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