Thursday, November 15, 2012

Remembering Our Veterans...

 
 At the last minute on Sunday, I decided to drive to Praha, Texas, a community near Das Kleine Haus, for a 50th Anniversary Celebration of Veterans Day.
 
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So many activities, in small Texas towns, center around the local church. This celebration is no different.
 
The day begins with a church service honoring the vets. It continues on to the outdoor program, finishing off the day with a lunch served in the Parish Hall.
 
 
The beautiful historical church is the perfect setting for the Day of Remembrance.
 
 
It is amazing to see a community, with a population of less than 50, to have a turn out of more than 600 patriots to honor veterans of all wars.
 
 
An audience mixed with mothers, dads, wives, children, grandparents, and friends.
 
 
Here is one of the oldest veterans, on the way to his honored seat near the podium.
 
 
The postings of flags are about to begin...
 
 
All lined up to set their flags in place.
 
 
The POW and MIA flag was placed near the wreaths honoring all fallen military.
 
 
The placing of the wreaths....
 
 
The patriotic music was performed by the young musicians of the Flatonia High School Band.
         
 
 
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It was a very windy day, with the threat of rain. In the above video, you can hear some of the wind noise. I hope you will over-look this point, and enjoy a sample of the music.
 
 
The closing ceremony was complete with the playing of taps and a fly-over by three vintage airplanes.
 
 
Circling around, flying over again to make a flower-drop over the area.
 
Truly a very moving day....giving remembrance to those who have given so much to our country.
 
Meggie Mac
 

13 comments:

  1. What a great tribute to those who served!

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    1. Thank you, Ms Sparrow....I had so many wonderful photos, it was difficult to choose. It was a very moving experience!

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  2. I always get teary at fly pasts especially when a missing man formation is performed.
    Jane x

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    1. Hello Jane....Is that where one plane peels off from the formation? They did this on one of the pass-overs.

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    2. Also in a large formation a gap is left where a plane should obviously be.
      Jane x

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    3. Thanks, Jane....I did photograph it at the tribute, but, at the time, I didn't know the significance of it.

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  3. Such a beautiful church and such a good turnout for the event. It's so good to see young ones there being involved in this special remembrance tribute. Suzy x

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    1. Hello Suzy...I will be going back, on another day, to photograph the inside of this historical church. It really was a family/community affair. They have done this event for the last 50 years...

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  4. It's lovely to see how the whole community get behind every type of event in your area. Jx

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    1. Hello Jan...it is one of the wonderful reasons to live here. Thank you for taking notice. In some ways, it is like one big family.

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  5. I'm like Jane, the fly pasts reminds me of the tributes I've witness with family members and I got teary-eyed too. But, such a wonderful display of patriotism pride this little town has, XOXO

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    1. Hello, Susan....There were lots of tears that day. This community has such big welcoming arms! I'm lucky to be living here....

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  6. This is the way it should be done in every county in America on that day, but sadly is not. How moving! I know it was very meaningful for every person who attended, and a special tribute to all the vets. Thanks for posting this. I know you were glad you decided to go.

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