2008 Watchfire Sees Record Crowd

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2008 WatchfireBy all accounts, the 2008 Watchfire, held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY, was an overwhelming success. Estimates are that 15 to 20 thousand people turned out to honor those who faithfully served and are currently serving this nation.

2008 WatchfireThe annual event, which is organized by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 103, has grown significantly from when it was first held to honor WWII and Korean War Veterans. Current events dedicated to all Veterans and Active Duty Military personnel.

Additionally, the event enables people from all over a venue to properly dispose of old and worn-out American flags; at last year’s event, 40,000 to 50,000 flags were burned.

2008 WatchfireAccording to their website, the Watchfire comes from the “ancient tradition that following a battle or long march a large fire was started so that those who are missing or lost could rejoin their comrades”… So, in this time honored tradition we use the warmth and peace of the Watchfire to remember those who have gone before us. It is a chance for reflection as a community upon those that made our nation strong through their sacrifices.

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1 comment:

  1. DB, 27. May 2008, 18:08

    Great Pics !