The #Flag911 project

posted at 8:00 pm on August 28, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In case you missed my mention of The Heritage Foundation’s #Flag911 project in this post, I wanted to highlight it again today because I see in it such a simple, but significant, opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with the cause of freedom from terror.

As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, the news media and the American people have begun to remember just why national security should be a top budgetary priority. Accounts like former President George W. Bush’s first-ever 9/11 interview revive the painful memory of the very real threat against us carried out in an unprecedented way that day — a threat that, while not demonstrated again in so devastating an attack, has also not abated.

When the Super Committee established by the debt ceiling deal begins its difficult work of deficit reduction, it will face a troubling trigger to ensure it reaches its target spending cuts: cuts to defense of at least $500 billion (and even if the Committee proactively cuts as it is designed to do, large defense cuts will still likely be a part of the equation). In the quest to cut spending, it’s all too easy to be distracted by the size of the defense budget, to forget that the Constitution expressly states that one of the purposes of the federal government is to “provide for the common defense,” to forget that entitlement spending dwarfs defense spending. It becomes a seeming “no-brainer” to cut defense spending, when, in fact, such cuts are foolish if we want to maintain our military readiness.

Similarly, it’s all too easy to forget the high price we paid 10 years ago and to grow weary or lax in the defense of freedom and in the support of our troops. That’s where the #Flag911 project comes in. At its core, the project is a concentrated effort to remember. Heritage’s Ericka Anderson explains:

We [are] asking Americans to join us in a display of unity once again. On Sunday, September 11, 2011, we hope that every neighborhood across the nation is flooded with American flags celebrating the lives of those we lost in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania and the heroism we witnessed, while also reminding each other that the fight to prevent another attack is not over.

Please continue to check in with us here on The Foundry, at Heritage.org and on Facebook and Twitter over the next four weeks. On Twitter, send us pictures of your flag flying by using the hashtag #Flag911 in your tweet to offer your own remembrances and encourage others to join with us.

We must remember how we stood as a nation with a shared purpose and intensity on September 12, 2001 and in the days following. That collective and eternal vigilance is still essential. Never quit.

If you do decide to join the project (and I really hope you will!), please post a link to your pictures here at Hot Air, too. And don’t miss the National Geographic special of G.W.’s interview tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Keep the faith.

Update: You can send a Flag911 reminder to friends and family using FreedomCards.com.


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And don’t miss the National Geographic special of G.W.’s interview tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Keep the faith.

Thanks for the reminder Tina..:)

Dire Straits on August 28, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Spathi on August 28, 2011 at 8:01 PM

WTF?

BallisticBob on August 28, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Wounded Warrior Project video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=8TiGYDvc4lU&sns=fb

ted c on August 28, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Spathi on August 28, 2011 at 8:01 PM

WTF?

BallisticBob

You seriously expect logic & reason from a Paulista? LOL ! ! !

honsy on August 28, 2011 at 8:10 PM

ted c on August 28, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Excellent post!..Thanks..:)

Dire Straits on August 28, 2011 at 8:19 PM

The 10th anniversary is actually a time to question the whole we need to continue playing whack-a-mole against ‘terror’ narrative. The next 9/11 will be from home-grown islamics. 9/11 was perpetrated in America, by muslims flying on a domestic flight. And nothing is being done for national security with respect to that real threat. But spending 100s of billions of dollars overseas, fighting yahoos running around in their pajamas is supposed to prevent another 9/11. I doubt it.

keep the change on August 28, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Is anybody watching the 9/11 show on National Geographic?
It brings it all back.
Let’s never forget.
God Bless our troops.

mnmom on August 28, 2011 at 8:28 PM

mnmom on August 28, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Yep, that same knot in the pit of my stomach…I will never forget.

d1carter on August 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Meanwhile, probably helping to set the stage for more ’9/11′s” -

DEBKA – “Tripoli’s institutions of government have wound up in the hands of fighting Islamist brigades belonging to al Qaeda, who are now armed to the teeth with the hardware seized from Qaddafi’s arsenals. No Western or Libyan military force can conceive of dislodging the Islamists from the Libyan capital in the foreseeable future.

Libya has thus created a new model which can only hearten the Islamist extremists eyeing further gains from the Arab Revolt. They may justly conclude that NATO will come to their aid for a rebellion to topple any autocratic Arab ruler. The coalition of British, French, Qatari and Jordanian special forces, with quiet US intelligence support, for capturing Tripoli and ousting Qaddafi, almost certainly met with US President Barack Obama’s approval.

For the first time, therefore, the armies of Western members of NATO took part directly in a bid by extremist Islamic forces to capture an Arab capital and overthrow its ruler.
An attempt to vindicate the way this NATO operation has turned out is underway. Western media are being fed portrayals of the rebel leadership as a coherent and responsible political and military force holding sway from Benghazi in the east up to the Tunisian border in the west.

This depiction is false.”

Lon Chaney on August 28, 2011 at 8:35 PM

The flag flys at our home every day.

dm60462 on August 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Ten years of having your heads in the sand. It would be fitting to make homemade treats and hand them out in poor Muslim neighborhoods as a community gesture of dhimmitude and outreach.

BL@KBIRD on August 28, 2011 at 8:56 PM

We’re doing our part here in New Hampshire-since the first anniversary we’ve had our hiking community scale each one of the 48 NH mountains over 4,000 feet high and plant American flags at the summit of each.

http://www.flagsonthe48.org/

This year had a record signup-43 out of the 48 peaks had volunteer climbers in less than 1 hour. 24 peaks in the first 90 seconds alone!

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Lon Chaney on August 28, 2011 at 8:35 PM

DEBKA has about as accurate a record as Dick Morris, don’t they?

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2011 at 9:03 PM

What is this 9/11 you speak of?

–Progressive budget cutters.

PappyD61 on August 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Is anybody watching the 9/11 show on National Geographic?
It brings it all back.
Let’s never forget.
God Bless our troops.

mnmom on August 28, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I am.

ProudPalinFan on August 28, 2011 at 9:10 PM

You have to have superduper cable to get National Geographic Channel. I am sorry I won’t get to see it.

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2011 at 10:25 PM

You’re missing a very good program.

Hopefully, you can see it on youtube or something.

BallisticBob on August 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Lon Chaney on August 28, 2011 at 8:35 PM

That’s why I’ve been totally unsupportive of what’s going on in Lybia.
The lack of female presence among the rebels said to me early on that this uprising was more like Egypt 2011 and less like Iran 2009.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2011 at 10:45 PM

George Will Slams Dick Cheney For Not Apologizing For Iraq

WILL: Five hundred and sixty five pages and a simple apology would have been in order in some of them. Which is to say, the great fact of those eight years is we went to war—big war, costly war—under false pretenses. And…to write a memoir in which you say essentially nothing seriously went wrong…if I wrote a memoir of my last week, I would have things to apologize for.

Spathi on August 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

In the quest to cut spending, it’s all too easy to be distracted by the size of the defense budget, to forget that the Constitution expressly states that one of the purposes of the federal government is to “provide for the common defense,” to forget that entitlement spending dwarfs defense spending.

That is a feeble and meaningless defense for the current levels of spending. There are better arguments.

lexhamfox on August 28, 2011 at 11:11 PM

George Will Slams Dick Cheney For Not Apologizing For Iraq

WILL: Five hundred and sixty five pages and a simple apology would have been in order in some of them. Which is to say, the great fact of those eight years is we went to war—big war, costly war—under false pretenses. And…to write a memoir in which you say essentially nothing seriously went wrong…if I wrote a memoir of my last week, I would have things to apologize for.

Spathi on August 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Go. Away. NOW.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2011 at 11:21 PM

George Will is right.

Spathi on August 29, 2011 at 12:02 AM

George Will is right.

Spathi on August 29, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Cheney is a patriot. You -on the other hand-have the intellectual capabilities of a paper clip.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2011 at 12:19 AM

George Will is right.

Spathi on August 29, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Yeah, but your messing up the narrative. And here I thought libs were the tripe type. 911 happened cause a$$es were firmly implanted in heads at all levels and guess what – they still are. Unpatriotic or not, such is the truth.

abobo on August 29, 2011 at 12:31 AM

I will gladly fly my flag on 9/11, and to not remind myself how much the terrorists have won I will stay away from airports that day. I guess I should also try to not think about the Muslim sympathizer in the White House.

Extrafishy on August 29, 2011 at 6:59 AM

I will gladly fly my flag on 9/11, and to not remind myself how much the terrorists have won I will stay away from airports that day. I guess I should also try to not think about the Muslim sympathizer in the White House.

Extrafishy on August 29, 2011 at 6:59 AM

FIFY

MikeA on August 29, 2011 at 8:30 AM

FIFY

MikeA on August 29, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Knew it was coming. Didn’t think it would be this quick.

SKYFOX on August 29, 2011 at 8:40 AM

@MikeA

I’m going to have to disagree with you.

President Obama worships no higher power than himself.

The_Livewire on August 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM