The flag as connector

The American flag in our national consciousness is made up of shifting meanings and a complex patchwork of symbols. The flags circling the Washington Monument in this photo stand tall in the wind. They embrace the monument and all of the people in its proximity, lined up to get a peek of our nation’s capital from the top of the obelisk. Whatever the flag might mean to each of us individually, we all have a relationship to it--and by extension, to one another.

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Taken on October 21, 2008