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Disneyland Flag Retreat, September 11, 2011

Today I went to see the flag retreat ceremony. There was a park-wide moment of silence, the 1st Division Marine Band played, veterans were honored, and people lined up on Main Street from the flagpole to the castle. Here’s the ceremony:

 

Adding some thoughts:

Sepember 11, 2001, was one of only three days in Disneyland’s history that the park was closed (the other two were the Kennedy assassination and the day before the opening of the 50th birthday). On the West coast, we got the news very early in the morning, before the park had even opened, so Disneyland remained closed. I know also that stranded travelers (due to cancelled flights) were¬†accommodated¬†at area hotels at no extra charge, and food service was also offered.

It was an awful, history-changing day for our country, and Disneyland also changed because of it, adding things like security and bag checking. But still, Disneyland has remained a happy, safe place for all those who come to visit and leave the cares of the outside world behind. I’m very glad Disneyland is here for us and that I got to spend my 9/11/2011 remembrance at this magical place.

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