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Nov
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Way Too Many

A local church “planted” a field of flags. As the sign says, it is one flag for each casualty in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are far more flags then one can see in this picture.

Several years ago our school system stopped giving the kids Veterans Day off. Instead they now have assemblies and projects today to honor our Veterans. When my son was young his assignment was to interview a Vet. He interviewed his grandfather, my dad, who served in WWII. That was one of the best pieces my son wrote that year. Hopefully the kids will understand more about the significance of Veterans Day by going to school today and not looking at as just another day off.  Just my two cents.

Addendum: According to our local paper this idea began in 2005 with 2,231 flags. When it was put up in our town there were 5,776 flags.

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11 Responses to “Way Too Many”


  1. 1 Tammy McChesney
    November 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    What an emotional shot…this picture says it all!

  2. November 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    It certainly is, but thank them and heaven for the security their sacrifice provides.

  3. November 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Way too many… What a great choice your school system made and what a moving image.

  4. 4 Bobbie
    November 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Way too many flags. It has such an emotional impact–it makes us feel the lives lost. It reminds me of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in NYC, where the firefighters’ contingent begins with a group of 343 of them, each carrying a flag for the 343 firefighters killed at the WTC. The first time, many of them also carried pictures, and it was just devastating. But even now, years later, the parade just gets quiet when they go by.

  5. November 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Such a moving photo. I love the idea of keeping the kids in school to study the significance of the day, instead of sending them home to sleep late and play video games.

  6. November 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    In our neighboring town, the school told a boy he could not fly the flag on his bicycle. Once this hit the news, they backed down!

    • November 15, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      The school district president personally accepted responsibility and apologized to any one offended by the request to take a flag off the bike. Of course there was a lawsuit going to happen if they didn’t…..

      Evidently there were incidents last May when the latino students were asked to take the Mexican flags off their bikes. Then this boy was threatened by those who had to take their flags down…but it was in Spanish, so the boy didn’t know he was being threatened. Therefore, the cautious yard-duty person wanted to avert any trouble and got into trouble herself!

      • November 16, 2010 at 8:30 am

        Sometimes this world we live in scares me a little. In our quest to be politically correct we are losing ourselves. Our flag is a symbol to us, the country and the world. To me it represents freedom which may include many things I don’t agree with.

        I wonder why they made the Latino kids take the Mexican flag off their bikes?

  7. November 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

    It’s quite an emotional image, Deena. The statistic is a bit mind-numbing.

    Here in Canada (well, at least in Ontario) the kids do not have a holiday for Remembrance Day (our November 11th equivalent of Veteran’s Day). I have attended the school’s assemblies over the years and have usually been impressed with what a nice job they do of helping the kids to understand the significance of the day. We live in the national capital and opportunities to attend public remembrance ceremonies are numerous. We usually go to the one at the War Memorial or the Canadian War Museum or this year, the National Military Cemetery. My teenaged son usually prefers these to the school ceremonies.

    Esther’s story is troubling.

  8. November 22, 2010 at 2:24 am

    but a very nice tribute to all of them brave


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