This past Saturday, driving on Lemoine Avenue in Fort Lee, N.J., I was struck by a remarkable sight on the left hand side of the road: thousands of flags on the front lawn of Fort Lee High School. I had to pull over to the side of the road, park, and take a picture of this. I suspected that the display had been put up around Veterans Day, but wondered how much longer it would stay there.
In answer to the latter question, it turned out, not for long—a post on the school’s Web site indicated that members of the student council and the band were due to remove them this afternoon. But this is not the first time they were up—the 5,000 flags honoring veterans and emergency service personnel first appeared three years ago and have been placed on the lawn at least twice since then. I sure hope we’ll see them again next year, too.
I could not let this occasion go by without thanking the school and its students for this visually powerful, profoundly moving tribute to American heroes who, at constant risk to their own lives, strive to keep the rest of us safe.