AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – After some controversy, flags will fly in downtown Amherst on September 11. In years past, there has been debate in the town over whether commemorative American flags should be put up in the downtown area.
Town Manager John Musante said that in a democracy, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and some felt that a U.S. flag did not reflect the somber tone of September 11. Back in 2003, the Amherst Select Board voted to fly the flags only once every three years. In 2010, that was changed to only once in every five years.
But Monday, Musante said the Amherst Select Board voted to display the commemorative flags on town buildings and downtown on 9/11 every year.
“Some people think it’s too celebratory, but there was a clear sense last night and the Select Board made that clear about flying a commemorative flag each and every 9/11 to remember that terrible day, but also recognize it as a day of national service,” Musante said.
He told 22News that the Select Board voted to have the flags fly on a number of other days of the year.
Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek said the vote is effective immediately, and will be the new rule from now on.