American Flag at the Vietnam Memorial

This is a photo of the American flag at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The American flag is a symbol of freedom, liberty, justice, and opportunity known all over the world.


I took this photo standing almost directly beneath the flag pole and pointing up so as to catch the sun on the other side of the fabric, which is what provides the washed out color. It was also pretty windy out that day, which made for the beautiful ripples and textures in the fabric.


The resulting photo came out very bright/overexposed, super-saturated, and is -- by far -- the single most popular photo in my Flickr photostream.


I'm glad that everyone likes this photo so much -- thanks for visiting and feel free to comment below about what the American flag means to you!

  • Jonathon Colman 5y

    Many thanks, Dave! That's high praise coming from you, buddy. :)
  • FullerSasser 5y

    Hey John....beautiful photo. I would love to use it in a site I'm building for an artist friend who has created a painting called "IT IS THE VETERAN" . It will be a commerce site, but we are tithing to four great Veteran organizations. If you would like to see a placeholder site that shows the painting, go to
    Would appreciate your consideration. Thanks
  • mosheba 5y


    I was gonna do the same, but his firs.
    I am also building my new site

  • Vandana Bhide 5y

    Hello, Thanks for letting me use your photograph of American flag for my blog article "Feeling Patriotic (and Groovy)" at
  • Tuesday Today PRO 5y

    Thank you, The American Flag was the prefect touch to a young musician that did the Star Spangled Banner at Incirlk AFB in Turkey for the Relay for Life.

  • oceansyndicate 5y

    I'm a Desert Storm Vet and I will fly your flag on my facebook page in the coming days and I will also post the link back to you. Thanks!

    All the Best,
    jack james
  • Enrique Ramos 5y

    hey great pic... hope you don't mind I've linked this to a journal page...
  • BL117 PRO 5y

    'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'
    Theodore Roosevelt 1907
  • eagoodlife 5y

    It's a great photo, blogged at
    Not an American, this flag represents many things many of them positive, many not.
  • Sean Michaelson 5y

    Great shot!
  • Vernato 5y

    You're photo has been used on our blog! Great capture!
  • imafishtank 5y

    Beautiful! Will be printed and put in a frame I'm working on right now for my 4th of July decor. Thank you for sharing!
  • None-11 PRO 5y

    Thank you for this beautiful picture. Exactly what I had in mind to celebrate my granted American citizenship.
    God bless the USA.
  • The Angel Forever 5y

    Thank you for your gorgeous image. I am using it on my blog post today:

    Thank you to our Veterans
  • OnanistsTube 5y

    More more more! Good Luck.
  • Rosie Simca-String 5y

    It's a fantastic photo. I am using it for my Facebook profile picture to celebrate a young fallen police officer who died in the line of duty in Arlington, Texas.

    R.I.P. Officer Jillian Michelle Smith

    blueUSAflag by Rosie Simca-String
  • Jonathon Colman 5y

    Thanks, Rosie - what a sad story, but an inspiring example of heroism and true selflessness!
  • Bob Mueller 4y


    Beautiful photo. I'm using it on a blog post about singing the National Anthem, here:
  • jeanne rene PRO 4y

    Seen in God Bless America

    Yes .... this is a fantastic capture. I've seen it posted on many a blog/website!! Thanks for sharing it!
  • magicalgracie 4y

    i want to shre this on my facebook(.com/Debby Blei-Krikalo)....
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Taken on March 31, 2007
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