Sign of the Times: Are We Less Patriotic?

Today is July 4th.  However, few flags were waving as I drove around our

A few years
ago, at least two-thirds of the houses had flags.  Today I would estimate that number being 15% to 20% .

Around here, there is a relatively cheap service that provides flags for
patriotic holidays (like Independence Day, Memorial Day, etc.).  They provide the flags, set-them-up, take them down, etc.  It requires no effort – other than to write a check.

did the economy make the outlay feel too extravagant?  Or did the
collective level of patriotism drop significantly, recently? 

My guess … a
little of both; but it probably has more to do with the economy.  What
do you think?

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