Following that terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, on September 11, 2001, there was a surge in patriotic displays of the flag of the United States.
Photo gallery in Salon this week:
Flags for 9/11: Photographs from the aftermath of 9/11.
By Bryce Hall
"These pictures were all taken in California during the year following Sept. 11, 2001. Some are ironic ("God Bless America" coffee mugs made in China); others are simple expressions of patriotism."