The American flag is sacred to me. After the attacks on 9/11/2001, flags were hung to show respect for the innocent men and women who lost their lives — a place to think, pray and grieve, for victims and their families, a place to honor all those who had died.
The flag also represents the bravery and sacrifice of the first responders and military. They are all heroes.
Barre City hung a huge flag on Main Street after 9/11/2001. Brian Judd, a veteran, and others had tentatively arranged for this same flag to hang in the same spot on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. City Councilor Michael Boutin brought up the motion for a vote to hang the flag, but no other councilor would second his motion. The result was, the flag could not be hung on Main Street in Barre — a very sad outcome.
Enter dedicated and concerned Barre citizens who worked to change this outcome. They were successful.
I want to thank Thom Lauzon, Brian Judd and every other person who worked to get the original flag hung in a different location on 9/11.
Knowing the flag was flying once again meant so much to me. You are all appreciated very much.