AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - This coming Wednesday is the Anniversary of 9/11. The town of Amherst has commemorative flags to honor the day, but this year, they won't be displayed.
Amherst Town Manager John Musante told 22News their decision is based on the different ways that people handle grief.
Most Amherst residents 22News talked with didn't have a problem with the policy.
The town of Amherst has an American Flag by the Town Hall. They also have a United Nations Flag, and a Town Flag, but they won't be displaying their Commemorative 9/11 Flags until 2016; the 15th Anniversary of 9/11.
Amherst Town Manager John Musante told 22News, "There are those who feel that flying commemorative flags is somehow too festive of a statement."
The topic of flying commemorative flags on the Anniversary of 9/11 has been up for discussion for 10 years. In 2003, members of the select-board decided it was not an appropriate remembrance and only wanted to fly these flags once every three years. In 2010, that was changed to once every 5 years.
"This town is very diverse and culturally different than a lot of towns around here. So I can understand why they can make that decision," said Sarah Thompson of Amherst.
"I think that what we should be thinking about on 9/11 is people, loss and remembering and focus on human beings and less on the ideology of nationalism," said Sally Galman of Shutesbury.
A statement from Amherst Selectboard Chair Stephanie O'Keefe reads: "We agreed to take up the issue again in 2012, to see if the board's position has changed, and it had not. One year later, no one felt it necessary to revisit the issue at this time."
O'Keefe goes on to say that they still have a remembrance ceremony every year at the fire department where the American flag is raised and lowered to half-staff.