As I was driving past a local funeral home yesterday afternoon, I did a double-take as I caught sight of a vast number of small American flags waving on the front lawn -- and people busily planting more. I wondered what they were doing, but didn't think too much more about it. I was tired and the date (and the significance thereof) completely escaped me at that moment. Then, on the 6:00 o'clock news, I saw a story on what it was all about. And I thought, "Well, all right. That is beautiful."
The funeral home, in remembrance of September 11, 2001, is placing 2,986 flags -- one for each victim -- on the lawn in conjunction with a candlelight memorial service scheduled for the night of September 11, 2006.
I think it's a powerful sight, a poignant sentiment, and a lovely thing to do. The flags make a dramatic statement, with or without a ceremony.