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Displaying our patriotism

Kelly James | Monday, September 12, 2011

Over the past year, I’ve oftentimes noticed that the flag in the center of South Quad has not been raised on my way to an 8:30 a.m. class.

While I thought this was peculiar for a university whose mantra is “God, Country, Notre Dame,” apathy got the best of me, and I never pressed the issue as the flag flew later in the day.

But today, only two days shy of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, I was pushed over the edge.

Our great country’s beautiful colors, and everything they represent, were not displayed on South Quad this afternoon. Immediately upon realizing this, I rushed to Hammes-Mowbray, where I found the flag raised to full staff.

I can only encourage those who have the privilege of raising our Stars and Stripes to do so in a dignified manner that exemplifies the feverish patriotism found throughout campus.

Kelly James


Duncan Hall

Sept. 9