Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day


June 14 is Flag Day in the USA, commemorating the date in 1777 when the flag was adopted by the Second Continental Congress.  (I know this only because Wikipedia tells me so . . . )

There is an Iwo Jima monument in New Britain.  It honors a long, difficult campaign in World Warr II on an island off Japan.  The loss of life on both sides was tremendous.  This statue is based on a famous photograph of the American flag being raised after the Americans captured Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.

27 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful pictures and beautiful homage! :)
Léia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Nice line up Jack. Wikipedia is a very useful fund of information!!

Kate said...

The top photo is so very well-done with the prominent flag in the foreground and the line receding in the back. The raising of the flag in Iwo Jima is a story in itself.

Just got up and will go downstairs for coffee and then raising our own flag. Your photo reminds me of the day.

Leif Hagen said...

A wonderful Flag Day posting! And it's my birthday today! My father always told my twin brother and me that they raise the flags for us!

brattcat said...

Two eloquent images for this day.

Karl said...

Wonderful photos Jack, specially the first one! Really a beautiful homage, happy Flag Day!

Cildemer said...

A great tribute with wonderful shots!
Love the statue! Seems so vivid!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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Have a nice and happy week, Jack****

Sharon said...

Nicely photographed and posted for Flag Day today!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful captures and perfect for the day, Jack! It's hard for me to believe that I actually remember watching the newsreels from Iwo Jima in the movie theaters when I was a young girl. Love your composition in the first shots! Have a great day!

Sylvia

Virginia said...

Well I let Flag Day get right by me. Glad you were on top of it. Lovely photographs.
V

VP said...

Probably the most photogenic flag in the world!

L.D. said...

Hey neat! I didn't realize it was Flag Day..and thanks for the Iwo Jima memorial photo. My neighbor who is 90 fought in that battle. All 30 days. Amazing

joo said...

US flag is so beautiful, and the first photo is terrific!

Jacob said...

Very nice photos, Jack! And a nice commentary for Flag Day.

Re your comment on Stone Creek: My golf clubs were in my golf bag on my golf cart. But you try taking a sunrise pictures driving 15 miles an hour down the fairway looking for a lost golf ball! Sheesh! :-)

cieldequimper said...

Now the first photo makes me want to start quilting right away, the second one reminds me of the monument in Washington, D.C. where I was coerced into posing for a photo...

Luis Gomez said...

Jack, love you images. Great shot of the flags.

RedPat said...

Love the shots especially the first one. Can't believe I missed your lovely post from yesterday ( a bit hectic here) - the flag looks fabulous on that 1st house.

Steffe said...

Two fine photos.

Regina K said...

Nice, glad someone remember Flag Day, (not I). Wonderful tributes.

jennyfreckles said...

Great image of the flags - and what a powerful sculpture.

Birdman said...

You and shooting flags today.

Isabel said...

What a wonderful photograph the top one. Love your photographs, congratulations for your blog!!

roentarre said...

The way the flag undulates itself is intriguing effect on its own.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

It's a grand ol' flag, it's a high-flying flag...! I can still remember singing this in school... Two wonderful photos for Flag Day.

Bises,
Genie

Randy said...

Nice shots!

Malyss said...

This statue is very famous. I learned its story through the 2 Clint Eastwood's movies "Our fathers memories" and "Letters from Iwo Jima".

JM said...

Wonderful composition on top, Jack!