To The Flag

A Parade & Memoir to the Chimes of Freedom

To the Flag: A Parade & Memoir to the Chimes of FreedomCivil rights, Vietnam, the right of labor to organize, the Gulf Wars, a woman's right to choose... for over fifty years I've marched to take a stand. While I saw my acts as patriotic, it was the opposition that wrapped itself in the flag. It should come as no surprise that I harbored a deep distrust of people making too much of a fuss over our flag. The catalyst for this book was a Flag Day Parade in Hudson NY, my new hometown. As the parade passed, thoughts turned to vivid memories of the flag, shared national experiences and long-held beliefs. Although the sounds of bagpipes, horns and drums filled the air, the song in my head was Bob Dylan's Chimes of Freedom.  preview book - - purchase information for book & ebook
Karen Davis, Hudson NY, Flag Day Parade, Columbia County Board of Supervisors
Karen Davis, Hudson NY, Flag Day Parade, Columbia County Board of Supervisors
Karen Davis, Hudson NY, Flag Day Parade, Henry and family
Karen Davis, Hudson NY, Flag Day Parade, kids from youth center with soaker guns
Karen Davis, Hudson NY, Flag Day Parade, Skyliner with reflector shades
fire fighter
two men, one in uncle sam hat
circus wagon with mirror reflecting 114 Warren St.
two girls with colored banners
second girl
photo, 3 men in marching band
3 teenage girl spectators
3 marchers with red balloon
three girls in wheelchairs
family color guard in red shirts and white wooden rifles
boy struggling with big bass drum
women with flags waving from "seniors" trolley
queen and county dairy queen waving
historic reenactor on float
contemporary soldier reenactors on float
woman with biblical "honor" banner
flag and woman with biblical banner
young woman with gum in mouth singing and holding flag
vietnam vet on motorcycle
father and daughter wearing helment with Irish flag  waving US flag on back of motorcycle
boyscout with troop banner
man in straw hat holding flag pole
young man waving banner
photo by karen davis - smiling bass drum marcher