RECAP IN PHOTOS: 2015 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN GERMANTOWN.


Hey everyone, I hope you all in the United States had a fantastic holiday weekend.  I stayed busy, photographing (on the spur of the moment) two community events honoring the sacrifices of veterans who served and died in the many theaters of war in which our fine country has been involved.

First, I attended the Memorial Day program on Saturday, which was organized by ACES Museum in Historic Germantown.

It was a lively and beautiful affair.  I appreciated that they took the time to not only honor the service of deceased veterans, but they acknowledged the service (and diversity) of living veterans as well.

The entire photo set that I shot can be accessed here: 

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Photographed by Tieshka Smith on May 23, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA

On the morning of Memorial Day, there was a flag raising at Market Square, organized by So-Lo (Southwest Central Lower Germantown) and the Germantown Civic Association.

Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown's Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown’s Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.

Once upon a time, many moons ago, Market Square used to be the center of the community’s activity. This half acre became a busy market place as early as 1703. The Market House was here and also the engine house of the Fellowship Fire Engine Company, one of three Germantown volunteer groups. What is now a formal park was once a place of great activity. The prison and, consequently, the stocks were located here; Indian delegations on their way to Philadelphia broke their journeys here, and linen sellers and weavers used to offer their wares for sale in the square.

Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown's Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown’s Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown's Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown’s Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.

In addition to shooting some photos, I got to connect with some old friends and meet new ones; it’s exciting how this space is evolving in its use. I’ll be hanging out here more often now. Thanks to the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and our elected officials for their part in bringing this new flag to this space.

If you want to view the entire photo set, you can go here, and while you’re there, be sure to like my Facebook Page!!

And thanks to all who have served in all branches of the US Military.  I deeply appreciate the sacrifices that you and your families have made so that I can express myself through photography.

Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown's Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown’s Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown's Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown’s Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown's Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Germantown Newspapers publisher and veteran Jim Foster.  Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown’s Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown's Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
Veteran Peter Hinds’ VA card:  He was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat.  He is an avid photography enthusiast and community activist.  Connect with him on YouTube – his user name is Hinds5045 to view his videos of vintage photographs; I learned that he was among those protesters in NYC who were arrested at the 2004 Republican Convention.  He spent over a month in jail on trumped up charges.  After he was released, he sued and won damages for violation of his Constituional rights.    Photographed May 25, 2015 at Historic Germantown’s Market Square in Philadelphia, PA , by Tieshka Smith.
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