Just wanted to share this image I took last week when I went camping with my kid's scouting pack.
This was the retiring of the flag ceremony, where a flag is dropped into a fire pit by two scouts who weren't really anticipating just what they were about to do.
The flames licked the fabric and absorbed it steadily. The kids grew quiet. My son Wilson, age seven, described it as sad. When I asked him to explain, he couldn't, but simply said that is what it felt like.
And it was! I can't really explain it better than that either.