Saturday, June 15, 2013

Disasters and the U.S. Flag

Disasters and the U.S. flag

In the aftermath of the tornados that hit Moore, Oklahoma a subsequent issue of The Dallas Morning News appeared on the front page two photographs of the destruction.  In one photograph the American flag (flag of the United States of America - USA) was resurrected among the wreckage.

Reflecting on this photograph illustrated the placing of the American flag is not unique to Moore, Oklahoma.  Over the years the various natural disasters that have inflected carnage in areas of the USA have seen similar flag placements.  The victims seem to find comfort and / or inspiration from placing the flag in their midst. 

Natural disasters illustrated in this video in order of appearance are:
Hurricane Sandy, New York, New Jersey, 2012    
Tornado, Saragosa, Texas, 1987
Tornado, Joplin, Missouri, 2011
Tornado, Moore, Oklahoma, May, 2013

Music: “Yankee Doodle,” at the beginning from
“Our Flag” during the flag photographs.

NOTE:  Flag used as a thumbnail for this video and one used at the beginning of this video were not part of any disaster.

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