26 Wade H 9 months ago I took another look at the picture ruger9 posted at the very top and was reminded that this picture is very similar to the picture of the US Marines raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Of all the pictures taken of that world conflict, it is the Mt. Suribachi image that has probably been displayed the most. While I'm sure this has been observed by others before, I thought I'd bring it up. The two images bear a striking similarity. Seldom before, have any such images had such a tremendous impact on the American people. The image of the flag raised on Mt. Suribachi was news for decades to follow, as we followed the entire lives of the individual Marines who raised the flag. Ira Hayes, a native American from the Gila River Pima Reservation in Arizona, was of particular interest to the American people.I think that the image of the NYFD raising the flag of our nation, on Ground Zero will be the image that is recalled in this century, for decades to come. It is a profound reminder of the day that solidified our country for the first time since the bombing Pearl Harbor. It's a pity that it faded away so quickly, and people slipped back into their daily lives of petty (IMHO) political differences. ADDENDUM : I believe that this has happened because the American people, as a whole, are not invested in our current military operations. Unlike previous wars, which drafted people from every class, we now have an all volunteer military. After the initial rush to arms after 9/11, the majority of the burden now rides on the backs of the lower and lower middle classes. These are the segments of our population that cannot afford the ever rising costs of a college education. Many of these young people are using the military as a vehicle for higher education, and some pay the ultimate price.