Monday, September 17, 2001

Remember 9-11-01

Keolu Hills resident Henry Vincent III proudly flew
the American flag yesterday from his Kina Street home.

Isle residents fly
their true colors

In various ways and places,
Hawaii folks show unity with
the red, white and blue

By B.J. Reyes

Whether homemade or hand-drawn, store-bought or printed in the newspaper, it is hard not to notice the various ways that local residents have chosen to display Old Glory.

"We're leaving it up as much as we can," said Henry Vincent III, a Kailua resident flying the Stars and Stripes from a flagpole on his carport.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast last week, stores across Hawaii and nationwide have been selling out of American flags almost as quickly as they can stock them.

Flying the flag -- from homes, office buildings, car antennas and elsewhere -- has been one way Americans have been able to show their unity and support for the country following the attacks.

Vincent, 45, said he normally flies the flag only on special occasions like the Fourth of July.

He is flying the flag now "just to go ahead and show some patriotism. We just feel bad for things that happened in New York."

Eddie Freitas, 55, said his son went to several stores before finding the one now displayed from the railing in front of their Kailua home.

"I didn't get a chance to get a flag holder to set it up, but I thought as long as it's standing, that's the main thing," Freitas said. "It's out of respect for all the people that suffered and died."

Like Vincent, Freitas said he would try to display his flag as much as possible.

"That's one of the ways we can at least show some of our support," Freitas said. "We're thinking about the people and hope everything works out for the people of New York and everywhere else.

"I hope it helps a little."

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