September 11, 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the 9-11-01 attack on the Twin Towers in NY City, NY. This year there was a Patriot Day Memorial in Salem that I went to. I love flags and this was an opportunity to commerate the fallen victims of the attack. So with camera in hand, a water bottle and a snack I embarked on the walk through the flags at Riverfront Park. It was a warm late afternoon Sat. Sept 10. [I commented about this photo opportunity in my last blog.] The photos below are what I'm sharing with you, with minor detail. Keep in mind, these photos are smaller than the originals and may be viewed, but not copied, by clicking on them, to enlarge them. Enjoy and consider what we've lost in our country. This field of flags consists of 5,100 flags and many many hours to even orchestrate it! It was awesome, mind boggling and sad as I walked around and through the flags.
This is the scene across from me as I entered. The flags to left represent United Flight 93. I realized I didn't get a photo of that sign.
OSP Maria Mignano and another officer ended their watch Sept 4, 2001, on I-5. We were just grasping the sadness of this when Sept 11, 2001 happened that shocked everyone.
Boating and fishing on the Willamette River. This just looked so peaceful on a warm evening.
One of many police type dogs that were there that day. I made sure I walked around them, at a distance, especially the German Shepherd I saw later. He looked right at me and I wasn't sure what he was thinking. So I moved quietly sidewise from him. Sigh!
As I was walking near the end of the military field, I struck up a conversation with another lady with a camera. She'd been there a couple days already and she always got something different. She asked me if I'd been on the railroad bridge and seen the flags. No, I hadn't and where was it? So I walked down by the riverside and to the bridge. It was a walk, sometimes against the crowd of people coming to see the flags since it was getting cooler. But it was a nice walk.
Looking through a window to where I'm going. Can you see the flags on the bridge to the the right?
l really liked the old looking lights on this former railroad bridge that was built in 1912. Notice the cobweb and the spider? Nice view of the Willamette River. But some of the bicyclists were going too fast. One came up behind me and if I'd not heard it, I probably would have been hit. He didn't even make noise that he was coming~oh dear! We must share!
Another photo op I would have missed if someone hadn't told me about the moon coming up. So I needed to walk further down, again further than expected. But I was glad I did! I got my walk in for the day!
This is the Willamette Queen sternwheeler coming in to dock. Beautiful sunset colors!
This is the night scene when I returned to the flags in the NW military honor field. Lit now by electrical light. The moon shines above.
These flags were just beckoning me to stop and ponder. I put my camera down and just looked. It was quiet and dark. Thoughts of people gone, they didn't get to go home that day to their family or friends. The incline down into the flags just made me contemplate life and those who have given their all, in the war on terror that hit the USA on their home front.
I know this scene looks a bit eery. But it was a feeling I got as I looked into the line of white flags before I left. It almost looked ghostly to me. Sad. Each shadow represents a person who died on Sept 11, 2001. Gone forever from their loved ones, but not forgotten.
For more information on the flags and the field click the link below. Info on flags comes up when you click on flags and tshirts in the menu. Never Forget flag design is told in detail if you want more information and order form available there as well. Thanks for taking a walk of remembrance with me!
Field of Flags