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What a wonderful and interesting Memorial Day event this morning at Citizens Cemetery in Prescott, Arizona!

In addition to being surrounded by a crowd full of honored veterans and their relatives, and being entertained by wonderful bands playing traditional patriotic music...

(my son playing baritone horn next to the drummer)

...both the political dignitaries and historical societies present also provided their own brand of "entertainment":

The day included the presentation of the colors by the Rough Riders Ceremonial Cavalry Unit to commemorate the honorable soldiers of Prescott who were led by Teddy Roosevelt up San Juan Hill in 1898:

Mayor Marlin Kuykendall (R-Prescott, and an all-around nice guy) addresses the gathering flanked by dignitaries in period costumes from 1912 -- the year of Arizona's statehood:

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (Tea Party, AZ-01, but soon to be AZ-04) and Mrs. Gosar seated one row in front of me, enjoying the day:

Even Secretary of State Ken Bennett (Birther (sort of), R-AZ) started out the day speaking in perfectly fine traditional western fashion:

And THEN the event got interesting:

Rep. and Mrs. Gosar were on hand to witness the parade of Confederate flags:

And finally, things got downright weird, as Sec. Bennett serenaded the crowd himself -- pretty well to be honest -- with a Memorial Day tune written by U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called Morning Breaks on Arlington while the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy were flapping in the breeze in the background:

All weirdness about the "photo op faux pas" aside... a fine time was, in fact, had by all, and the day did otherwise include a substantial amount of serious respect and dignity shown to our fallen veterans and their families.

Originally posted to Jimdotz on Mon May 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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  •  There was a lot more dignity to the event... (4+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, luckylizard, ItsaMathJoke, GDbot

    ...that I did not capture on camera out of respect, but I thought you all would enjoy some of the less-dignified goings-on of some of the objects of our recent derision.


    by Jimdotz on Mon May 28, 2012 at 03:41:28 PM PDT

  •  Well Hell, (2+ / 0-)
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    that woulda' ruined the whole thing for me. I guess we should be thankful that it was the Confederate flag instead of the Nazi one.

    The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    by Azazello on Mon May 28, 2012 at 04:18:51 PM PDT

    •  Me too. I could never have hung out with that (2+ / 0-)
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      crowd.  At least without getting mad and yelling.

      •  It was a day for lost veterans and their families. (2+ / 0-)
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        Azazello, notdarkyet

        What I did instead of "getting mad and yelling" at the moment was to plan this diary.

        I knew I would be posting pictures about the event as soon as I saw the Civil War re-enactors -- and to be fair, both Blue and Gray were represented there -- and especially when I noticed Ken Bennett's name on the program. That was a complete surprise to me!

        And finally, once Paul Gosar was introduced and I realized that he had chosen to sit about 8 feet from me, I just knew I'd be writing about the event.

        Still, despite my insta-reaction to the dignitaries present, it truly was a fine event for the troops and their families. I was proud to be there.


        by Jimdotz on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:02:15 PM PDT

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  •  stars and bars = I'm gone (3+ / 0-)
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    I would not be able to take that.  It does not seem respectful to the day or to those who fell fighting for an ideal of freedom and liberty.

    Thanks for the diary though -- my grumbling does not reflect on you or your diary, of course.  And I appreciate knowing this, about the manner in which my elected officials are honoring the nations' veterans.

    'Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that Government is best which is most indifferent.' -- F. D. Roosevelt

    by LandruBek on Mon May 28, 2012 at 04:54:51 PM PDT

    •  Again, to be fair, I really don't think that... (0+ / 0-)

      ...the use of the Stars and Bars was meant to be so prominent in the backdrop. It was used tastefully in the spirit of memorial to the deaths of all Americans, of the North and of the South.

      But once they were placed by the re-enactors, the wind just happened to make them a prime visual in the background behind all the remaining speakers at the dais.

      Like I said at the end of the diary, I think even the organizers would admit that their prominance in the scene was an accident.


      by Jimdotz on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:07:44 PM PDT

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