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Flags on the Freeway

In the last week or so, as you drive up Route 395 through Alexandria, into Arlington, and into D.C., you will see something that you do not see every day.  It's on the overpasses.  Almost every one. 

A show of patriotism. 

A show of solidarity. 

A sign of resolve. 

A solemn reminder.

Flags on the Freeway:

Flag on the Freeway

In the days leading up to today, the 10 year anniversary (I wish there were a better word, since anniversary connotes celebration) of the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, American flags have been popping up on the overpasses, especially on the overpasses on 395 -- the major route leading to the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. 

No government authority requires these flags.  No committee mandated putting flags on the highway.  These flags are prominently displayed by patriotic citizens who want to remind us all what happened on that horrible day 10 years ago.  Remind us of our resolve in fighting our enemies.  Remind us to never forget and to be ever vigilant.

I will never forget!  On September 11, 2001, I was working 2 blocks from the White House when disaster struck.  I left my car in D.C. and trudged home nearly 10 miles to my apartment in Arlington (just 4 miles from The Pentagon).  The map below shows my route.


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Today, I live a few miles further down the road in Alexandria, but merely 8 miles from where the plane hit The Pentagon.  It does not seem far away at all.  In fact, I drive by The Pentagon almost every day (as do thousands and thousands who live and work in the area).  The events of 9/11, though 10 years past, do not seem that far away either.  The memories of that day (as with millions in this country, and perhaps billions around the world) are seared in my synapses forever.

Please take some time today to reflect, remember, and renew your memories of September 11, 2011.

Maybe there will be a Flag on your Freeway!


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Comment balloon 10 commentsBrian Block • September 11 2011 08:10AM


Brian - thanks for this post on this day, 9/11/11 - I have seen the same thing here in Jacksonville, FL, and it's truly a wonderful way of expression and remembrance of what occurred today.

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 6 years ago

Good morning Brian,

My flag is up and proudly displayed every day...and I have already seen many more put up on this day of remembrance.

Posted by Bill Blankenship (Lisa Von Domek & Associates, LLC / Real Living Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Brian - I would love seeing the flags remain!  I am with you about the word "anniversary".  This is not something to celebrate, but it is a time to remember, to be thankful and to pay tribute.   

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 6 years ago

Brian!  Did you say you walked home to your apartment?! Good Grief! What a hike!

Posted by Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent (Realtor) over 6 years ago

I don't like distractions....but there's a huge difference between distractions and patriotism!  Love the flags!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Regional Vice-President (Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage) over 6 years ago

Thanks for putting up this post. It's early and I haven't been out yet this morning so I don't know if I'm going to see something similar in NY, but I do like seeing the flag. It reminds me of the days and weeks after 9/11 when the stores were all sold out because there was a mad rush by everyone to buy one.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 6 years ago

There's more to the story.  My wife and I got married less than 3 weeks later on September 30th.  The hotel where our guests stayed and where we stayed the night of our wedding is in Pentagon City -- within whiffing distance of the still smoldering smoke!

The next day we drove from D.C. to upstate NY en route to Montreal and Quebec City for our honeymoon and saw hundreds and hundreds of flags on the freeways.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 6 years ago

Flags on freeways, hanging from buildings and flying proudly in front of homes.  We all remember today with quiet reflection for those who lost their lives.  It is a day where any of us who are old enough do remember where we were and what we were doing when we got the news.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

There was so little we could do in the aftermath of 9/11. Flying the flag is the one thing that showed the strenght of our country and how much we honor those who lost their lives. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 6 years ago

Methinks this anniversary has been a good reminder.  Methinks people have been forgetting.  The sting is gone for a lot of us...

Not me.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago