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{December 31, 2013}   A Small Town’s Show of Respect and Support

Sgt. Dan Vasselian just lost his life in Afghanistan; he is returning to his hometown today. Having just moved to the small town of Abington a few months ago, I do not know this young man, but I am extremely impressed and moved by the show of love, respect and support I am seeing here.

I went for a very cold walk this morning. The funeral home is just down the street from me, and some roads are closed and will be closed off and on for the next few days as the wake and funeral take place. I had noticed the flags and yellow ribbons interspersed with Christmas decorations in the neighborhood the last couple of days and I wanted to take some pictures. Usually flags are displayed in the summertime so this struck me as an interesting photo opportunity. So I brought my camera this morning with the intention of taking pictures of the decorations, but I saw so much more. I’m sure there will many (better) photos of this event; I saw others with cameras on my walk, including news reporters, but I really wanted to share these (virtually unedited) photos.

I have to go to work shortly so I don’t have time for a long post, but I thought the photos would speak for themselves. Bless you Sargeant Vasselian.


These images really speak about the honor your town upholds. May he rest in peace.


sued51 says:

I was sorry I had to leave for work Angelia…people were lining the street despite the cold to wave flags as his body passed by to go to the funeral home…


Sonel says:

What a lovely tribute Sue and great shots. Thanks for sharing. 😀 *hugs*


sued51 says:

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Sonel! It got better and I wish I was there to take more photos but I had to go to work. People lined the streets despite a cold…I saw it on TV…it was quite moving.


Wish you the best Sued for 2014 🙂


heartbreaking but also wonderful to see the honour given.


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