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Honoring the Flag in Siouxland, Ute

16 Jun

In most of the smaller communities I explore someone is flying the Star and Stripes somewhere in the community. Flag Day is set aside each year to honor America’s symbol. But in visiting various communities the flag is honored everyday. It is part of the American life. And no matter how vitriolic and mean spirited people can become about issues, most people stop and reflect and appreciate being able to live in a country where freedoms are not lip service. Land of the free, home of the brave. And while every effort is made to honor those who serve our country, there are so many others equally as brave who pursue their purpose in life in helping others and continuing to make America a country people can be proud.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

On a wind brisk day Old Glory snaps to attention in Ute, Iowa Friday June 9, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A little color in Siouxland, Ute

15 Jan

While out and about driving through Siouxland in the last few weeks when temperatures were above zero, I cam across the small community of Ute, Iowa. It is one of many small communities in the state. And the downtown area is much like a lot of these communities. It appears the glory days are past but the community continues and it is home to people who enjoy living there.

I was struck however by the color I saw in the downtown area. A couple of places just “popped” as I walked about. I tell students in some of the classes I teach to look for such things when out photographing. And use the color to create an image. On a cold day, it was nice to think about the sunshine and warm feeling such bright colors could instill, and the thought that spring and then summer are both on their way here.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


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