thoughts and media by Ali Abdallah_________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Flag Man

On the drive home from work this morning I passed by something a little different and almost surreal. A man in army fatigues and pack was walking down the street with a huge american flag waving in the air. The flag must have been atleast 8x10 feet. He was just walking steadily, not too fast, with his shoulders hunched forward as if he were charging in slow motion. I couldn't help but be reminded of the image of the flag being raised on Iwo Jima from World War II for some reason.

Who is this flag man? What sort of quest was he on, to cut through the middle of Dearborn, Michigan? Is he some sort of missionary dispatched by his patriotic fervor, perhaps feeling uneasy about the nature of the community he was traveling through?

The expression on his face was of one who is in a foreign country but not interested in acclimating to his own surroundings. Rather, he is adamant and unbent in his own views and conclusions.

to be continued.....

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