ANDERSON DAILY PHOTO

January 31, 2007

Half-mast

Taken Saturday at the Anderson Regional Airport. The flags are at half-mast in honor of President Gerald Ford. I wasn’t aware of it, but flags were to stay at half-mast for 30 days after his funeral.

After working briefly with some very nice Canadians, I’m aware of how obnoxious our patriotism in the U.S. can seem. One of my favorite co-workers referred derisively to our “flag waving” and I can see his point. I love the international flavor of the Daily Photo community — and hope this picture of the U.S. flag and South Carolina state flag doesn’t offend. I post this and the one below, because the state flag is near and dear to my heart, so much so, that I would cut out the American flag for this posting if I could make it look natural. Here is why I feel so strongly…

You can’t help but love your home. No matter the problems, the difficulties. No matter the pain, the love doesn’t go away. This is the core of the Daily Photo philosophy, I’m sure. Why else would we all spend so much time photographing our homes? As proud as I am of being a native South Carolinian — my mom’s people hailing from the foothills and my dad’s folks from the sandhills — I am often ashamed of the unsavory and immoral aspects of my state’s history. Finally — they (no, we!) removed the Confederate flag from the state capitol building. Finally! As a young small-town-girl-come-to-the-capital-city, I remember peering out of the car window, craning my neck to view the rebel flag flying atop that maginficant domed building. It made me feel…strange. My parents didn’t talk about it. But I knew — or thought I knew — its implications, its inference. That’s precisely the problem (in my humble opinion) with that flag flying in the first place. As a symbol, each individual is free to draw his or her own inference, and with the horrific past the flag was originally raised to preserve, it represented much negative for too many South Carolinians. As the flag finally came down (finally!), there was an upsurgence in waving the true South Carolina flag, bright blue and vivid.  The South Carolina flag is now “in fashion,” appearing on jackets, car tags, key chains, hats, kerchiefs, coasters, notecards, and wall prints. With each sighting, my chest swells with satisfication. (Thank God it’s not the red one.) But my greatest pleasure is in seeing the palmetto tree and sliver of moon waving in an individual’s yard or on a car. In those locations — where the rebel flag is often flown — I imagine the South Carolina flag to be a defiant symbol: by its very presence, signifying that no Confederate flag waves here. At least, so it is for me. When I admire it, fly it, WAVE it — I do so defiantly. Vivid blue. Clean. The true South Carolina flag unites all South Carolinians, as we press on, optimistic for a better future.

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6 Comments »

  1. What a great shot of the flag and plane. I wonder how long you waited to get that shot.
    As a fellow South Carolinian enjoyed your comments as well.

    Comment by pastorrick — February 1, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

  2. What a beautiful picture of our flags…. simply beautiful..

    Comment by Derrill Hiott — August 29, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

  3. IM ashamed that your ashamed. South Carolina stood for freedom from the Union. The South is better than anywhere else on earth and im proud of my heritage. God Save the South.

    Comment by Matthew from pickens co. — May 4, 2008 @ 5:24 am

  4. It’s not a sliver of moon; it’s a cresent, derived from military battle dress and insignia. Lots on line.

    Comment by Marion Moise — April 14, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

  5. Marion —
    Does the crescent derive from the moon? Interesting. There’s a lot I need to learn about military insignia. Thanks for your comment. Lessie

    Comment by lessie — April 14, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  6. It is a lack of knowledge that gives credence to feelings of shame about South Carolina and Our Confederate Dead. Lincoln, the racist, freed no slave and is the murderer of 600,000 Americans. God and a little bit of effort in historical research will reveal any shame about the Confederate Naval Jack to be founded on a false premise and plain old ignorance. yankee carpetbaggers and scallawags who buy their wares cannot be trusted with the public good, as evidenced by the current economic and political environment that are a direct result of Lincolns war against America.

    Comment by Jeremy Foy Kent — July 7, 2011 @ 12:56 pm


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