Happy Memorial Day!

We shall never forget…..

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Memorial Day is a day where we have picnics and backyard barbecues but we should keep in mind that we wouldn’t be able to celebrate these freedoms if it weren’t for the men and women who have served.  There is a short story behind this barn with the flag.  I’ve passed by this barn several times and wanted to photograph it but for whatever reason never did.  This day, I noticed the property owners sitting outside having cocktails so I pulled over.  I’ve been doing this a lot since starting this project.  I used to be reluctant to knock on someone’s door and ask permission to photograph something on their land but now, I don’t have a problem doing that.  In fact, my kids have even gotten used to it.  We’ve met some great people, heard a lot of history and have even gotten to pet some pretty cute puppies!  So, on this day I left the kids in the car as they were plugged into a movie and the kind lady shared her story.  When her son was deployed to Iraq, she hung a huge flag on the barn in his honor (bigger than the one on there now) and if you look closely you can see the outline of where the wood faded.  Upon his return home the flag had become tattered after hanging for two years and her son asked her to take it down as you should not hang a tattered flag.  She then put this one up.  She was incredibly nice and even asked if I wanted to join them for a drink.  I totally would have if I didn’t have the kids in the car.  However, I was glad that I stopped to photograph her barn and even more grateful to hear the story behind the flag so I could share the image and story on a day where we honor those who sacrificed for our freedoms.  Happy Memorial Day!


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