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Ground Zero Photo Nearly Excluded From Museum for Being too Patriotic?

AP / Copyright 2001, The Record / Thomas E. Franklin

The New York Post reports that in a new book coming out next month, an iconic picture of firefighters raising the American Flag among the rubble of Ground Zero, was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum because it was deemed “rah-rah” American.

The book entitled ‘Battle for Ground Zero’ is written by Elizabeth Greenspan and it details the controversy among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America.”

The museum’s creative director, Michael Shulan, was among the staffers who thought that way. He said “I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we caan really do best, it to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently.”


I can’t come to grips with this statement by Shulan (he has since said the discussion about the photo is not how he would have put it). Is there a way to be too patriotic? Too “rah-rah” American?

I don’t know about you, but every time I go to a sporting event and we are asked to stand for the National Anthem, my heart starts pumping. Not because of the game, but because I am proud to be American. Proud of what we stand for. Glad to be free to do what I want, when I want (including attending sporting events).

Maybe I am making too much of this (a compromise was ultimately reached) butI can’t believe that there are individuals out there who think that being “rah-rah” American is a bad thing.

What do you think?

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