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Old 09-12-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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wow, Caladium, that sounds so beautiful and so fitting.

 
Old 09-12-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Very touching - I mean that. Maybe I relate the burning of the flag with disrespectful acts so much that I just can't see how this would be the best way. Can't see anything wrong with the flag he's holding up. Perhaps a burial vault for flags.

Cremation for humans is an entirely different situation.
 
Old 09-12-2013, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Can't see anything wrong with the flag he's holding up.
You never know why people bring them to the fire department. Maybe there was an emotional story involved. Although looking at that photo, some of the red stripes look faded in spots, so maybe that was the reason. Kinda looks like it had been flying from a boat, faded in places, and gotten water stains.
 
Old 09-12-2013, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Here are some photos from yesterday, so you can get an idea of how this sort of flag burning is very different from what happens during a protest. I didn't take photos of the ceremonial honor guard at the beginning. We were all saluting and it seemed disrespectful to stop saluting and grab the camera. But I'm sure you've seen military processions before and know what those are like.


Preparing the flags that had been collected before the ceremony.


Carrying in the flags. The ones donated before the ceremony were carried in large, neatly folded stacks; others were brought up individually.


Before the flags were brought in, the boy scouts explained the ceremony, and then read short poems and a few other inspirational writings.


At the end we all stood around the fires, watching the embers die. A boy scout played "Taps".
Beautiful photo essay.
 
Old 09-12-2013, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Speaking about fire--I can't believe that 6 block fire in Seaside Heights, NJ. What a horrible tragedy.
 
Old 09-12-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Speaking about fire--I can't believe that 6 block fire in Seaside Heights, NJ. What a horrible tragedy.
Or that flash flood in Boulder, CO and area. That fire & flood - scarey stuff.
 
Old 09-13-2013, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Or that flash flood in Boulder, CO and area. That fire & flood - scarey stuff.
No kidding. What a rough day yesterday was for a lot of people.
 
Old 09-13-2013, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Well folks, it's a nice cool morning so we've decided the time has come to move clothes and critters down to the new house. Guess that makes the move official... we're 'Burgers now. LOL, hope we won't regret doing this on Friday the 13th.

Since you guys enjoyed the firehouse photos, I'll leave you with a few more before we hop in the truck and head on down to the new casa. This was a recent safety check for the hoses--which gave us a great opportunity to host the ultimate water battle with the neighborhood kids. And even some adults who know a good way to escape the summer heat when they see it.













 
Old 09-13-2013, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Are those kids having a ball or what?!!
 
Old 09-13-2013, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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It would be a great fundraiser for the Fire Dept. to have your photos made into a book for large donors.
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