In the aftermath of
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, New Yorker and OOIDA member Fred Faerber III
wanted to show his support for America. It turned out to be more of a challenge
than he could have predicted.
Faerber, owner of Smith
Ave. Moving Company of Kingston, NY, was in Florida when terrorists struck.
After returning home, Fred stepped into the office of his hometown newspaper
and made a request to place an advertisement expressing his patriotism. To
his chagrin, the Kingston Daily Freeman's advertising manager declined, saying
the patriotic message was inflammatory and his newspaper would not print it.
Infuriated by the newspaper's
stance on the ad, Fred remained committed to ensuring his message got to the
American public. He went to a local sign shop and described to them what he
wanted done. With Fred's vision, Timely Signs went to work and a few days
later the rear of his trailer was decorated with Lady Liberty and other patriotic
The date "9/11/01"
adorns the upper left-hand corner of the rear doors with messages of "Remember
the Pentagon & Twin Towers..." and "Buy American Made Goods
& Services" down the left-hand side. On the right-hand side, the
Statue of Liberty stands tall in the foreground with a waving American flag
in the background and "Proud To Be An American" prominently displayed
beneath the images.
Still upset over the
newspaper's refusal to print this message, Fred vows the new signage on his
trailer "will be out in front of the public night and day from now on
in 22 states."
--Keith Goble, staff writer