Old Glory 2: Americans Wear Their Patriotism on Their Sleeves etc….

One thing that I have become aware of as I’ve grown older and have lived in the ‘burbs’ as well as in rural Pennsylvania is how much Americans love our country and love our flag. I cannot honestly say that I have always felt that way as during the Vietnam War era I protested our involvement in the war by not standing or removing my hat for the colors. I never burnt or desecrated the flag but used this as a sign of my personal war protest. Today, I am a different person. A flag is prominently displayed in front of our house  365 days a year. It is my way to show how much I love our country and all that it stands for.

According to usflag.com ‘Old Glory’s’ name was coined by Captain William Driver, a shipmaster of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1831. As he was leaving on one of his many voyages aboard the brig CHARLES DOGGETT – and this one would climax with the rescue of the mutineers of the BOUNTY – some friends presented him with a beautiful flag of twenty four stars. As the banner opened to the ocean breeze for the first time, he exclaimed “Old Glory!”

He retired to Nashville in 1837, taking his treasured flag from his sea days with him. By the time the Civil War erupted, most everyone in and around Nashville recognized Captain Driver’s “Old Glory.” When Tennesee seceded from the Union, Rebels were determined to destroy his flag, but repeated searches revealed no trace of the hated banner.

Then on February 25th, 1862, Union forces captured Nashville and raised the American flag over the capital. It was a rather small ensign and immediately folks began asking Captain Driver if “Old Glory” still existed. Happy to have soldiers with him this time, Captain Driver went home and began ripping at the seams of his bedcover. As the stitches holding the quilt-top to the batting unraveled, the onlookers peered inside and saw the 24-starred original “Old Glory”!

Captain Driver gently gathered up the flag and returned with the soldiers to the capitol. Though he was sixty years old, the Captain climbed up to the tower to replace the smaller banner with his beloved flag. The Sixth Ohio Regiment cheered and saluted – and later adopted the nickname “Old Glory” as their own, telling and re-telling the story of Captain Driver’s devotion to the flag we honor yet today.

The Old Glory Blog   that I posted last week was dedicated to my friend Jason Sanchez who is serving in Afghanistan to protect our freedom.  Today I share more images of our flag as displayed by Americans all over our great country.

Old Glory 1…

Seize The Day, Snoqualmie, Wa..

Last Thursday Eileen and I attended a bbq to say good-bye once again to our friend Jason Sanchez who is returning to complete his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. On Saturday, our Village of Rockville Centre shut down for several hours for the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr., the Oceanside 21 year-old who was killed in Afghanistan by a ‘friendly’ Afghan he was training. There is little we can do except support these great Americans as they sacrifice to help keep our country safe for us and future generations.

Towards that end I am posting this blog ‘Old Glory 1’, the first in a series, to recognize and honor our servicemen serving to protect all that is good for our great country. I would hope that all who read this blog will choose to share it with their friends and family to show your support of our servicemen serving throughout the world.

(Reminder: Click on one image to begin the slide show!)-

5 Pointz: Time to Return Before It’s Too Late…

5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin‘ or the 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc. is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot  factory building. The complex  also  houses the Crane Street Studios in which 200 artists pay below market rents for studio space.

Artists who want to paint the walls need a permit. Photographers have always been welcome as long as they are not shooting professionally. Permits for professional uses are available.

It was announced in March 2011 that there are plans to redevelop the property to build high-rise residential towers, putting the future of 5 Pointz in jeopardy. According to the website ‘Curbed’ they are looking at 2013 to begin demolition so it’s time to make a return trip. Anyone interested in joining us should contact me through my email: mrsammy7@gmail.com .

The images below were shot in early 2012. (Reminder: Click on any image to begin a slide show!)

A Walk in the Big City…

I met some friends in the city on Monday. Went in early to see what there was to shoot. Figured I’d head to the Highline since I hadn’t been there since it was extended earlier this year. It’s  a pretty cool way to use the elevated freight train tracks without destroying them.

Here are some images from the walk. (Remember just click on one of the images to begin the slide show!)