Monday, April 02, 2007

Newport, Oregon Fire Department Pays Tribute

Attached is another picture of the same flag (see below) that was taken the morning of September 11th, 2006. Newport Fire held a moment of silence for the 343 firefighters and the thousands of citizens - all Americans - the lost their lives that morning. Shortly after this was taken, the flag was lowered to half-mast and remained for the rest of the day.

There was nothing official planned for the day.
It is just what we do.

We got lucky on the weather and the light. It was a beautiful morning on the coast - just like today. The moon was still up (and visible in the picture) after the sunrise.

WE will not forget those men and women.


I took this photo yesterday at Sgt. Nick Lightners funeral. Newport Fire has a tradition of flying the flag at community events, for the very reasons that you state in your blog. We use an 85' LaFrance Snorkel truck to get it into the air. It's sight brings thought.

This particular flag was purchased by the department with the "in lieu of flowers" money from the passing of a Fire Captain (33 years) named Ed Mosely. Ed was former Army and a patriot-citizen to the very end. We fly it in his memory - and then some. We are proud to have called Nick a friend and to have been present to honor is life and ideals. The picture says it all.



Recently, I wrote about days that are embarassing to be from Oregon.
It is only fair to write about the days I am PROUD to be from Oregon.
The photos and narrative have been provided by a reader of this blog.
Thank you, L2.
Thank you, Newport Fire Department.


Ron Simpson said...

I am glad to see that are more people up in the NW besides you that have the chutzpah to show their patriotism.

SGT DUB said...

You can't help but gaze. Those pictures are awe-inspiring. Thank you.

Sarge Charlie said...

It is ok to be proud to be from Oregon......... at least today.

Wade Huntsinger said...

Awesome, The flag and the fire Department. Lovely! We too have a local eletric company that has a very tall boom truck and they fly a large flag on special occasions, but this one almost took my breath.

De'on Miller said...

Terrific photos. Great story. You are a very FAIR person!