Dear Editor,

America has always been resilient. Knock us down and we always come back stronger, always. Despite the challenges we are collectively experiencing, this time will be no different. We’ve already seen examples of this resiliency around the country and in our own community.

We’ve heard stories of residents coming together to help and support others during a time where the only constant is uncertainty. Whether it’s collecting or making medical supplies, or raising funds and delivering food to those on the front lines, many in our community and elsewhere have found ways to show their support and express their gratitude to those working to protect and serve our community.

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I had originally planned to launch Flags Across The Chathams in early May as a challenge to our community to see if we could get every home to erect an American flag in advance of Flag Day on June 14. Our local ACE Hardware had even offered a 10% discount on any flag purchase. Given the circumstances today, I thought we could advance the launch beyond the Chathams and encourage others to do the same. I hope that your readers might consider hanging the American flag outside their home as a way of recognizing the many heroes serving on the front lines during these challenging times.

Whether it’s the doctor or nurse, first responder, the delivery person dropping off a meal or package, grocery store clerk or cashier, the garbage collector and many others, let’s raise the Stars and Stripes as a visible reminder to them and to one another that we stand together, united.

So pull Old Glory out of your garage or attic, order one online, or support a local small business. Once you’ve erected your flag, share it on Facebook for others to see at fb.me/FlagsAcrossTheChathams.

We will get through this together. I appreciate your consideration.

Curt Ritter

Former Mayor

Chatham Township, New Jersey