Today is 10 Ben 11 Sip

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flag dump

Did you know that cemeteries have dumps? They do. I know this because I like to walk, and I don’t stay on the sidewalk. You could call me a recreational trespasser, a two-footed all-terrain nosy parker. I don’t take anything but pictures.

flag cemetary dump upright twk

The original Memorial Day proclamation, General Order No. 11, begins thusly:

The 30th day of May is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country…

On Memorial Day people make a show of honoring the dead fallen in war. All those little flags.  All the lumps in all the throats of all earnest patriots.  Our flag, still there, conspicuously displayed, serried rank on serried rank.

After all the strewing and otherwise decorating is done, and after a decent interval of course, all the flowers, flags, wreaths, and what-not end up in the cemetery dump as, and along with, trash. 

flags n cemetary dump


6 responses to “Today is 10 Ben 11 Sip

  1. For Willie McBride


  2. Wonder how the Repugnantans feel about little flags in the dump?

  3. How wonderfully resonant – flags celebrated when functional, dumped when not.

  4. Dave, hadn’t heard that before. Much more powerful than anything I could say about it. Brings tears.

    The ones I know, they don’t think about things like that, Jonah.

    Sorta like what we do with the soldiers who survive, Dick.

  5. Sic transit gloriam Imperium.

  6. Eloquent photo essay, my good doctor.

    i don’t think righties would care about the dump. After all, these flags weren’t burned.

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