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In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Wordless Wednesday Eleven

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I think maybe I’ve used this picture on this blog before, but never at the sizes offered today.

These folks were Gold’s Gym employees (and/or their families) preparing for the Benton County Fair Parade, September 15, 2001 (in Bentonville, Arkansas). Obviously, the parade’s tone and focus shifted dramatically from its usual fare of clowns throwing candy. American flags topped every golf cart, every bass drum, and every lamp post on the street.

I tried to find a fireworks picture from the past, but when I came across this picture, I couldn’t think of a better picture to celebrate Independence Day. These folks rallied after the September 11 attacks and showed their American pride.

Fat, skinny, short, tall, white, black, yellow, brown — Americans in small towns and large joined hands to say we would keep living our lives as a free people.

13 Responses to Wordless Wednesday Eleven

  1. Great picture. Happy WW and 4th to you and your family.

    Smiles and Blessings,

    Angel Mama ():)

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  2. Happy July 4th!!! :) This is a very beautiful picture.

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  3. It seems to me that I have seen this flag already before, lol !

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  4. Lovely snap! Happy WW and Happy Independance Day!

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  5. Nice shot Mark. Have a happy 4th!

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  6. There’s always been something very stirring about the Stars and Stripes. Especially in the hands of ordinary people. Happy July 4th to the Williamses of TexArkansas!

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  7. I appreciate everybody’s feedback. See update in the post by clicking Continue Reading.

    Gattina, unless you’ve visited my blog in the past, or my pbase.com page, I doubt you’ve seen this picture before today. But, glad you like it!

    Simon – Thanks! Glad you a great Canada Day!

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  8. Wow what a huge flag you’ve got there. I wonder how many people were needed to fold that flag? Happy 4th of July to you!

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  9. how beautiful and powerful.

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  10. Cool shot, Mark. I think I’ve seen it before…but it’s a good enough picture to be posted twice..and the timing is certainly appropriate. I dug around for something patriotic to share…but had nothing.

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  11. Wonderful photo Mark. Happy 4th of July.

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  12. I love this shot and boy have I missed home today. Things arent the same spending the 4th in a different country! I wanted hotdogs, hamburgers and sparklers but settled for a JIF peanutbutter and jelly sandwich…hey, you do what you can!

    :) Your posts have been great! I am enjoying catching up!

    Have a good week Mark!

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  13. Great picture…that’s a big flag.

    It’s fun to read about the proper care of the flag. Either I wasn’t paying close enough attention and learned flag etiquette wrong, or I was the recipient of some bad information when I was younger.

    I hope you had a great 4th!

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