Flag Day 2014

Town of Ulster Public Library, Kingston, NY

Town of Ulster Public Library, Kingston, NY

In the United States, the term for the flag flown below the pole’s summit is half-staff  (half-mast technically refers to nautical use but the terms have become interchangeable) and it symbolizes mourning and respect.

When Army Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell, 24, of Accord, NY, died on April 28 in an attack on his unit in the Nejrab district, Kapisa province of Afghanistan, in a war that’s ostensibly winding down, the shock and grief in the community were palpable.  And the flag was lowered in his honor in front of government buildings and fire stations, and at businesses and private residences.

Rosendale, NY

Rosendale, NY

Kingston, NY

Kingston, NY

Hudson Valley Mall, Kingston, NY

Hudson Valley Mall, Kingston, NY

Fire House, Accord, NY

Fire House, Accord, NY

Veronica's Garden/Stone Ridge Nursery, Stone Ridge, NY

Veronica’s Garden/Stone Ridge Nursery, Stone Ridge, NY

No more war.  No more U.S. casualties.  No return to fighting in Iraq.  On Friday Dexter Filkins of the New Yorker said, “We’ve seen this movie before.  And we know how it ends.”

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3 Responses to Flag Day 2014

  1. David Frankel says:

    Wonderful piece. Wonderful
    photographs.

  2. Joyce says:

    I too thank you for this wonderful album. I live in a country that is not as proud of it’s flag as the citizens of the US. The only place you see a French flag is in front of government buildings. This year and last there is a very curious thing here, people of all ages wear clothes or accessories decorated with the American flag. So sad that they wear ours but not theirs.

    • Thank you, Joyce.
      Here, too, people are wrapping themselves in the flag–all kinds of shirts, jackets, dresses, baseball caps, knapsacks, etc., feature the literal representation or various takes. I’m not sure what it means, some if it’s probably just style, but obviously it’s more complicated, as is who’s a patriot in the United States and what patriotism means.
      I was going to use images of people wearing flag clothing for my annual Flag Day post, a bit frivolous, but when Sgt. Farrell died my intentions changed.

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