Veterans Day Flag Ceremony

Starting the flag.
Starting the flag.

A Veterans Day Ceremony from Saturday afternoon at the flagpole in front of Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall with American Legion Post 82 and the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves, plus many more veterans, and political and religious speakers.

The flag goes up.
The flag goes up.

I photograph this each year and my photos are taken from in front of the library. This year I decided to capture the flag raising from below so I could focus on the veterans raising the flag with the color guard and the Library behind them.

Pledge of Allegiance.
Pledge of Allegiance.

Prior to the flag-raising several people spoke to the crowd. Once the flag was up, the sun came out and everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and following that the members of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves gave a gun salute.

Gun salute by the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves
Gun salute by the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves

A veteran played “Taps”, as the 9th PA stood at attention.

Playing Taps
Playing Taps

More photos

Here are my photos from the very first ceremony in 2017, when the flagpole was installed and dedicated, lots of faces and more of the ceremony.

Below is a gallery of photos from the ceremony, the “official” ones first that we’ll use for the library’s newsletter and social networking, then the all the others, the character shots, people waiting, talking, preparing, saluting, heads bowed during the invocation, hands on hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance. When we all get together, it’s a beautiful thing.

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