And so, I just got a new "flag" for my blog site. You can see it includes my mug and a photo I took in June 2004. It’s probably the most aesthetically pleasing picture I’ve taken in the past few years — a flag and a farm setting, all rolled into one. It was taken at the Jim and Pat Boerger of Milbank, S.D. "My husband’s very fussy about having the flag out every day," Pat said at the time. The retired farmers took special meaning in the flag because they had a nephew in Iraq from the local 740th Transportation Company. "That inspires us all the more," she said.
I took the picture as part of a "Flags on Farms" collection that I’d acquired during the previous year. It always impresses me to see the flags that sort of crop up out of nowhere on the landscape. I always wonder what stories are behind them — the pride and pain and longing.
Attached is another flag. This one was a flag on a barn then owned by Vernon Kvale, 96, of Beaver Creek, Minn. He needed some new tin on his barn roof. When his son, Greg, made the arrangements, he decided the white barn could use a fresh, red-white-and-blue flag. It was a patriotic thing, said the elder Kvale. Greg, who lives with his father and installs equipment in hog confinement buildings, spent some time in his workshop cutting out the white stars that can be seen on the west side of Highway 6, about three miles north of Hills, Minn. "We’ve gotten lots of nice comments," Vernon Kvale says. "Lots of people have parked on the driveway to have a look."