Recently, an article about home foreclosures was published in the St. Louis Post dispatch newspaper. Along with that article went the picture of an American flag tossed into a trash can. I do not own the rights to the photo, but it can be viewed here.
The image has caused quite a stir in the St. Louis, Missouri area. There have even been call in radio talk shows, that have focused on the picture. Lost in all of this is the article on foreclosures. Many individuals called in and made claims that the photographer staged the photo. He denied this in his appearance on the MaGraw Milhaven KTRS radio station. Photo journalists are not allowed to touch or rearrange potential images.
Some individuals say the picture is a symbol of the home foreclosure crisis. Others have said that the photographer should have removed the flag. Still, others want to know why the flag was there in the first place. The American flag is a symbol of our nation. The American Legion burns torn and worn flags in a respectful way on the Fourth of July. I have also learned that American flags can be folded and buried properly.
Sometimes it takes a picture to speak volumes in itself. The picture of the American flag flying over Iwo Jima did wonders to lift the morale of Americans, during World War II. Then, there was the American flag on the surface of the moon being displayed by astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong.
There have been other examples, but these stick out when it comes to photos. However, the incident, that I remember the most is, the video of baseball player Rick Monday saving the flag on April 25, 1976 at Dodger Stadium. I will always remember it because, it happened in our bicentennial year. The baseball Hall of Fame named the event, as one of its top 100 moments of the game.
I suppose that from time to time, we all need a wake up call. A picture like the one of the flag in the trash can helps us to remember what we should be truly thankful for this Thanksgiving.