Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day flag in Ocean City, Maryland, 2012

Memorial Day Flag displayed at Ocean City, Maryland, 2012
Thanks to everyone who came out not only to participate but to enjoy the unfurling of a 150 pound American flag on the beach at Ocean City. It was hot, but those who held up the flag for some 40 minutes, had no complaints. Remembrance has no time limits.

The flag is carefully folded inside a van...
 

A worker (shown in red shirt) with Holiday Bowl gives instructions to volunteers.  Ocean City provided the flag display as part of the Memorial Day weekend program. Shown right, a volunteer proudly shows his USMC spirit as he prepares to help carry the flag.


 No shortage of volunteers...

 Volunteers proudly pitch in...


This flag weighs 150 pounds.





I had to make a decision to run back to my room several blocks down for the unfurling or stick with the flag on the ground. I opted to run the distance and made it just it time.











3 comments:

Jackie said...

So glad that you made that decision to run the distance to get these shots.
The photos are awesome!!
Thank you, Patty....

Mikell Worley said...

Patty, you captured it beautifully! It was such a thrill to be part of it! I'm wondering if you are the photographer that I asked if you could see the whole way to the end? The photo from the fire truck was awesome, and seeing all of these is an added gift! Thank you!

Patty said...

Mike, no it was not me. I am a retired news photographer and travel now to give people some ideas on how to plan their vacations. When I am not giving vaca-ideas, I post photos that I enjoy taking, or have taken in the past.

I captured the beginning and the end. News photographers are trianed to get the whole story in a few photos, oftentimes just one. I would have preferred to have taken more shots of the people up-close, but my judgement said I had a room with a view a short, hot run away and that an aerial view must be had. It was a wrap!

Great flag presentation for the fallen. Thank you.