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9/11 shame

September 15, 2011
Morning Journal News


We have just marked the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on America. I started Sunday, as I am sure many people did, watching the memorial services on TV. Watching with pride in our country for paying their respects to the families and the victims of that day. Seeing our military stand proud for the job they have done defending our country. The president of the United States has even proclaimed 9/11 as Patriot Day and the National Day Of Service and Remembrance in honor of all the lives lost.

I was driving away from home and I started seeing several flags on homes and in yards in a wonderful display of patriotism. As I approached the VFW I realized their flags were not at half staff. Thinking this was an oversight I continued into the square, where I found that the courthouse and flag in the square were also at full staff. This sparked my interest so I continued to our other government agencies and found that the jail, the village hall, the post office and the courthouse on Saltwell Road were all at full staff.

Now I am an understanding person but this is no oversight. No one in our local government and or our VFW felt the need to honor those lost in the events of 9-11. This irritates me to no end. I left town and found that all other communities that I passed through had lowered their flags in honor and remembrance. As a citizen of Lisbon I feel it is my duty and my responsibility to say "shame on you" to all of these agencies. Anyone who drove through our town saw that Lisbon didn't support the many lives lost that day or the families left behind. There is no excuse that is acceptable to me when it comes to this topic.

As our local government it is your responsibility to represent Lisbon. You let us down this weekend.

In closing I would like to commend the Columbiana County Fairgrounds as well as McDonald's and the many citizens around the village who did honor those lives.

Anna Tyson




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