I dont mean to open any hurt hearts or minds but I was wondering what the heck has happened to our sense of being proud to be Americans????? I couldnt help but wondering while I was driving home this evening what has happened to our sense of pride ??????????? You all are probably wondering what in the world im talking about well its simple actually,,,,, today is August 28th 2008 and as I was driving home this evening I couldnt help but to notice that out of 50 homes that I passed by I only seen one AMERICAN flag being flown. in comparison; on September 12th 2001 it seemed like old glory was being flown from every other home and from almost every building and road side sign. On Sept 11th 2001 I was on the USS Bulkeley DDG-84 in Pascagoula Mississippi when I first saw the the first plane hit the first tower of the world trade center we all thought it was a simple mechanical failure of another jet liner but of course that very quickly changed when the second plane hit the seond tower!!!!!!!!! As a result of our training we immediatly lept into action manning every weapon system on the ship and posting every possible armed top side watch possible on the look out for any threat to the ship as the USS Cole was still very fresh in our memories as the Cole was in the ship yard having that huge hole in her side being reparied. As you can guess we were all scared out of our shorts but ready to do anything to defend our ship, country, and loved ones from any enemy. After 48 staight hours of manning one of the forward .50 caliber machinegun mounts I heard the commanding officer of the ship come over the ships loud speaker system better known to us sailors as the 1MC and told us what had happened and that immediate leave would be given to those with family in the Norfolk Virginia area. As I was making the long drive from Pascagoula to Norfolk I witnessed an amazing thing,,,, every where I looked it seemed like there was an AMERICAN flag being flown from almost everything at one point I was so overcome with pride that I had to pull over and cry!!! They were tears of anger, fear, and pride!!!! I didnt realize it but i had pulled over in a rest area some where in Alabama with a huge AMERICAN flag that had been placed there by WW2 vets anyway I was standing there dressed in my service dress blues saluting our nations flag when a small boy he couldnt have been more than nine or ten years old walked up to me and said please dont cry everything will be ok. Well I didnt know how to resond to the childs statement but to pick hm up and hug him an say thank you or being so brave. Now to my point prior to December 7th 1941 I can remember my grandpa telling me that very few houses had the AMERICAN flag being flown but shorty after that our national pride had been elevated and EVERY home had old glory waving proudly from thier front step stoops. I still fly old glory from my home every day and night ( of course I have an artifical light on it at night, as the sun will never set on the AMERCAN flag or our country ) I had to retire from the the Navy in July of 2006 they told me that 22 years, 2 wars and various other engagements like Grenada, and Panama was enough. If I could I would re-enlist and do it all over again. I cant remember who said it but those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. I was wondering if anyone else had noticed the lack of our natioal flag being proudly displayed????????