My family and I were touched by the recent story in the Chronicle (“Queens ‘flagman’ seeks replacement, Sept. 5, multiple editions) about Dominick Papa replacing tattered American flags here in Queens.
It made me curious to see how many flags were displayed in my little section of Forest Hills.
On 9/11, a Day of Remembrance, I saw only seven buildings with flags outside. On Yellowstone Boulevard there were the Ben Franklin, Lincoln, James Madison and Mayflower proudly flying the Stars & Stripes, while on the blocks going up towards Queens Boulevard, the Forrester and Roosevelt House presented their patriotism.
My building? Nothing. But, then, it is named after one of our worst presidents, Buchanan.
It is frightening to believe that the inhabitants of this portion of Forest Hills lack such love of country they don’t demand a flag, especially on historic days, to be flown. Is it true? Are we less “American” here than the rest of the country! As a fourth-generation New Yorker, I shudder at the thought.