Sunday, June 20, 2010

flag retirement

Gordon Jesme, Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 4600 in McHenry, Ill. puts Old Glory flags on fire on Flag Day, Monday, June 14, during a flag retirement ceremony, at the VFW Post 4600 in McHenry, Ill. For those who don't know this already, the American flags are never thrown away when they become worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, but they're retired (burned) during a solemn ceremony as a sign of respect.





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7 comments:

August Kryger said...

Gorgeous.

Joshua Bickel said...

there's been a few of these going around a photo a day, but that bottom one is just wonderful. best one i'eve seen. well done, sir.

Ania said...

Great scene!

Mito Habe-Evans said...

Epic!

Latte Socialist said...

... hmm, interesting. In Australia, the burning of a flag, no matter what is on it, is incredibly disrespectful and shows... well, it shows blatant hatred towards the group the flag represents.

Cultural differences, hey?

Angelica Busk said...

I really love the second picture. How the flag is contouring just looks amazing. Good job!

Robin said...

Excellent.