Josef “Jeff” Sipek

Memorial Day (2016)

Wikipedia article: Dunstable has an annual Memorial Day parade. Since Dunstable isn’t a very big town, the parade is not very big, but it is still nice to go to and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. This year was very overcast which made for really boring skies. As a result, I ended up with only eleven shots worth sharing. You can see all of them and the metadata in the full gallery.

The crowd begins to gather in front of the town hall (a 7-shot panorama):

The parade proceeding to the town hall:

Some cars and trucks were part of the parade. There was an old school military jeep, some sort of big military truck, as well as the Dunstable fire department’s truck.

A closeup of the military truck’s winch and grill:

The fire department’s truck:

The parade stopped in front of the town hall for a couple of speeches and placing of wreaths at the war memorial right on the lawn.

After about 20 minutes, the ceremonies concluded with a salvo from the reenactors. I got lucky and even though I wasn’t anywhere near them, I managed to capture the moment. (I was on the other side of the lawn from them and I only had the 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. This is why the foreground is a bit cluttered with the flag pole and the memorial itself.) Apparently, the folks in the foreground did not expect a loud boom.

A crop showing just the interesting part. I like how the different guns are at different stages of firing.

Technically, the parade moved on to the Central Cemetery, but I had errands to run so I left.


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