November 3, 2011

6,530...

It amazes me how sometimes the simplest of things when multiplied, can have such a profound effect.  Sort of like how one spoonful of ice cream is tolerable, but a whole pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey?  Well, initial satisfaction followed quickly by remorse...just sayin'.    Taken to a more serious extreme, I came face to face with a similar feeling 6,530 times yesterday, when I visited the Parental Units.




I pulled into the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown around 10:15 yesterday morning, and was greeted by some interesting activity.  A group of residents were on the lawn planting FLAGS.  Not just planting, but planting METHODICALLY.  Row after row after row after row of pristine straight lines of flags.  




EXCEPT, for this one...




Of course I had to stop, and talk a bit, and find out what was going on...had I missed Veteran's  Day?  Nope, it was the "Massing of the Colors".  A memorial to each of the 6,530 United States Soldiers who have died in combat since 9/11 fighting the War on Terrorism.  




I like to think I don't live in a shell, cocooned from reality.  Actually, I live in Pennsylvania!  And we DO have newspapers and television here!  But these 6,530 simple flags grouped together in this display was a smack in the face of reality to me that no Philly Inquirer or ABC Action News broadcast could come close to.




A simple memorial to those who thought beyond "simple" when it comes to dedication, service and honor.  Thank you to all our veterans and those who are currently serving. And thank you to the National Sojourners, a Masonic organization of military members who organized the "Massing of the Colors" in Elizabethtown, PA.


--Kathy


19 comments:

  1. A nice tribute to each one of them.

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  2. Yes, I second you thank you with one of my own. What a special moment for you. Lovely.

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  3. Amazing photos! They are so beautiful all together like that.

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  4. They're so powerful together - I love the second shot.

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  5. This is so amazing and such a wonderful reminder. Beautiful job with all of the photos, each one is a tribute.

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  6. These are beautiful, and yes when in mass there is always a little more dose of reality. Imagine seeing not one family welcome home their soldier from Iraq but over a hundred. Last year I accompanied my friend to take pictures of their reunion after a year of duty and it was all I could do to keep myself together. . .

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  7. Those are just stunning! THank you for sharing these!

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  8. That must have been very emotional to see the numbers represented. Very sad indeed. Thank you for sharing this, Kathy. :)

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  9. What a great tribute.

    Love the shots.

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  10. WOW!! Those numbers just give me goosebumps. What a great tribute..

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.. Your photos look great!!

    Hugs, Linda

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  11. Isn't Masonic Homes beautiful? Great photos and editing! So COOL you caught this Kathy!

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  12. Very powerful. The pictures say more than 6,530 comments. Thank you for the reminders.

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  13. What impact - very sobering. You captured it very nicely! Thanks for sharing this.

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  14. Yes, that above 6000 figure is a complete smack in the face of reality. Thanks for your words. Each of the different angles you've taken of the flags and clever and emotive.

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  15. What a great tribute. Thank you....
    Beautiful pic

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  16. Great blog whit nice photos.
    Best regards Jakke

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