Expressing patriotism has cooled in the last few years after skyrocketing following 9-11

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - Expressing patriotism was all the rage after the September 11th attacks of 2001. Now, a dozen years later, some feel that that those levels have declined some.

"The patriotism was just off of the charts," said Jeff Cloud.

Cloud owns All American Flag and Pennant in Pinellas Park. He says in the days following the September 11th attacks, his business was like he had never seen before.

"People were waiting in line to get a flag; waiting on shipments to come.  I mean, police were directing traffic around the office, and parking across the street in the church parking lot; lines out the door," recalled Cloud.

Flying the American flag became the popular means of expressing support for our country after the terrorist attacks.

Cloud says after the initial few years of robust patriotism after 9-11, things changed.

"You had the people that jumped on board when it happened and they flew it.  And then, I think, when it might have wore out or it faded, I think patriotism faded with them too," he said.

On this day of remembrance, people continue to reflect on one of our nation's darkest days. But some have noticed the drop off in expressing patriotism.

"You saw flags, people flying flags everywhere.  People talked about it all the time.  And now, you hear about it once a year," said Donna Silcott of Pinellas park.

"This day has tapered off a lot," said Cloud.

Dixie Simon was out doing yard work when asked about the situation. "It makes you sad. People are not as patriotic as they used to be," she said.

Simon feels that although people will always care about 9-11, there's been a level of disconnect.

"Everybody just got busy doing their own thing.  And people just don't care like they did twelve years ago," she said.

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