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./ Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 20, 2012 Growing up in the 1950s, fought for that flag. If any- from doing so. I was deeply America's memory was one tries to come take disturbed to learn of this strong. We had just come my flag, I'll kick them the misguided decision." ----z through WWII to prevent dic- hell out." Apparently, an An older gentleman who by Sal Gzarratam unnamed tenant com- plained around the Fourth of July to the State Depart- ment of Housing and Com- munity Development that there were reportedly too many flags flying on too many lawns and this led to the notices by the town's housing authority that one could no longer fly the Ameri- can flag in common areas like lawns. You can put them up inside your apart- ment but your freedom to fly it anywhere else was forbidden. However, most folks inside this housing complex must love Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." because the morning after finding those fliers tacked to their front doors about the flag ban and as a result of the uproar, the state agency back- tracked. The outcry of the brief flag ban led to the Stars and Stripes dotting almost every front lawn and door flame in the complex. Many residents were disgusted and thought banning your pride in your country was unbelievable. Yes, the residents stood together and called the action outrageous and the ban quickly ended which is exactly what the flag stands for in this country. U.S. Senator Scott Brown a resident of Wrentham stated for the majority, "Flying the American Flag should never he controversial and no citi- zen should ever be prevented tators from taking over the world. Then during the '50s, the Soviet Union's brand of dictatorship started the Cold War between us and them. We were a patriotic people, Sometimes we were a little too paranoid about the Red Scare and McCarthyism but proud and patriotic. Flags were flying everywhere. We celebrated Memorial Day, Flag Day, Armed Forces Day, July 4 th and Veterans Day. We did parades, fireworks and enjoyed being Ameri- cans. We were the pride of the world. We were leaders. The flag was our symbol. Ttie world wasn't perfect. There were many Americans down South who were fighting for everything the flag stood for. Slowly over time we forgot who we were for the most part. As the memories of the past slid further and further into history, we forgot what it meant to feel like Americans. It was nice to know that down Route 1 in Wrentham, there are still American patriots who don't like anyone messing with their acts of patriotism. As I read the news con- cerning letters that went out to residents of the WrenthaIn Housing's complex on Gar- den Lane telling them that public displays of the Ameri- can flag was against the rules. One resident Tony Rukus who fought in the U.S. Navy during WWlI told reporters, "It's my flag. I East Boston MAIN STREETS Working for youI Happy Anniversary www.ebmainstreets.com Happy Anniversary to the Post-Gazette from the JDrivilera lives in this place stated that back in his youth, "People had a little more pride back then. I'm sad to see where we've come." Patriots Place isn't just a mall next to the football stadium; it is also in places like Wrentham where folks banned together and stood up for the flag. As Lee Greenwood sings, "I'm glad to be an American where at least I know free and I won't forget the men who died who gave their lives for me." This must be the official song of folks in Garden Lane in Wrentham. 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Here I am a police officer for almost 27 years who can't wait to retire yet am so resistant to the whole concept of walk- ing away from something that has been part of my life for so long. Actually, come to think of it, I have been with the state Department of Mental Health in both direct care and support services since the tail end of 1972. I was young once, but now not so. I was looking ahead to many years of work and now it is coming down to months, weeks and days. I had so much hope for the future back then but that hope appears to have fallen short in reality. Back in 1965 I played the drums in a Roxbury band we named "The SilenSirs." We got the name from a Dean Martin movie, "The Silencers." We played several times at different DYS facilities. One time a kid told me, "You guys were great." Of course we were "great," he was a member of a captive audi- ence. They didn't get out much at those facilities. Anything sounds better than nothing, eh? 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