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"Old Glory"
34 Star US Flag: January 29, 1861- June 20, 1863
Signed Open Edition
Image size 4x6: Framed, 8x10
Sold framed only, as shown below.
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"Old Glory"

“Old Glory” came together as a direct emotional response to the September 11 attacks on America. Like most Americans, my feelings over the days and weeks following the attacks were an emotional roller coaster of Sadness, shock, fear, outrage and anger. As I sat in traffic for an hour, crossing the TZ Bridge driving home from work on that fateful night, I watched in horror and disbelief as the whole of Manhattan appeared to burn across the Hudson River. Driving back across the bridge the next morning, the gaping hole in the NY skyline was as alien as the knot in the pit of my stomach and the ache in my heart. Over 3000 people will never greet their loved ones again after an honest days work.

As an historian who studies the Civil War and American history, I have come up against staggering casualty figures before, but nothing could have prepared me for the shock and sorrow I felt as the numbers from September 11 kept growing and growing. Somehow though, this was different, very different. These people were our family members, friends, neighbors and parishioners, and we actually knew them. We all experienced their deaths first hand.

Comparisons have been made to Antietam and Pearl Harbor. There were almost as many American deaths on this single day than there were at Antietam: previously the single bloodiest day in American History. Twice as many than at Pearl Harbor and three times as many than on June 6, 1944. What is even more difficult to comprehend is that the casualties of September 11 were mostly civilians, men and women and children. This was not only an act of war, it was cold blooded, premeditated murder.

I have since been moved and heartened by the outpouring of support, help, resiliency, kindness and patriotism shown by the people of NYC, our own community, and the people of America. We have witnessed first hand what Abraham Lincoln called "The better angels of our nature” and the true spirit of America; THE America; The UNITED States of AMERICA, that was re-united and re-defined by the American Civil War. We are a country that rose above the ashes of that internal conflict, to become a even stronger and greater nation than ever before. And for that I am glad and proud. This renewed nation carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the world. It is that liberty and freedom that the United States represents, that so infuriates our enemy, and drove them to the cowardly act of terrorism we just witnessed. We will once again rise from the ashes of this tragedy.

As I remember and memorialize the victims of this tragedy, I am comforted by the words of President Lincoln; “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

“Old Glory” represents a 34 star Union flag flown over Washington during the Civil War. Although the Southern States had seceded from the Union, they were still represented on the National Colors by their stars. The drawing is meant to symbolize the inseparable union of states that are the United States of America. Renewed and reunited after the Civil War, our country refocused and rededicated itself to freedom and liberty for ALL people. We have never been more united than we are today. The people who did this never read their history books. They have totally underestimated the resolve, strength and spirit of the American people. They have indeed awakened a sleeping giant. We are the UNITED States of America. We SHALL overcome!

God bless America!
Paul R. Martin III

“There is no Mistake....It has come at last, the supreme hour. No thought of human wants and weakness now: all for the front: all for the flag, for the final stroke to make its meaning real. We seem the possession of a dream. We are lost in a vision of human tragedy. War is not a game where there is everything to win and nothing to lose. Those who appeal to the law of force should not complain if its decision is final.”

Governor Joshua L. Chamberlain, 1888

Framed as shown

OLD GLORY with Joshua Chamberlain quotation


"Old Glory"
Set of 5 Notecards with Envelopes
Price: $10.00 plus &1.00 Shipping
Proceeds to benefit Local WTC Victims Funds


Read Mr. Martin's Dedication Speech at Pearl River High School's 9-11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony

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