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Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV

Posted By: OSU_Sig

Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

This email and video was sent to me by a good friend who lives in the PNW. After watching it, I wanted to share it here.

Every year, since 9/11, Chris Sneed (aka "Flash") climbs the craggy peak on Hwy 50 between Spooner Summit and Carson City, Nevada, to replace the tattered, worn-out American Flag which flies to honor our troops. In 2020, Rick Bernagozzi happened to be passing by as it was getting ready to happen and stopped to grab some shots and assembled this unexpected video. Given all the turmoil of 2020, it was an emotional moment. Thanks to Mr. Coffey Anderson for permission to use his song which seemed to fit the subject well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlmJZkATAMg
Posted By: KC

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20


Excellent!
Posted By: poboy

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

LIKE, Thanks for posting.
Posted By: diamondjim

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

That is worth the watch. Thanks for the link.
Posted By: 22250rem

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Very cool...... Except I wanted to be able to hear that piper.
Posted By: gunzo

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Awesome!

Thanks for posting.
Posted By: Borchardt

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Originally Posted by 22250rem
Very cool...... Except I wanted to be able to hear that piper.


They sound like someone mistreating a cat.
Posted By: kwg020

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Originally Posted by 22250rem
Very cool...... Except I wanted to be able to hear that piper.


Agree.

kwg
Posted By: SuperCub

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Originally Posted by kwg020
Originally Posted by 22250rem
Very cool...... Except I wanted to be able to hear that piper.


Agree.

kwg

Are pipers common in American military culture?
Posted By: flintlocke

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Seldom a police funeral without pipers down here, appropriated culture? Perhaps. But keep in mind, the original 13 colonies had a fair share of Scots-Irish immigrants, some say 200,000 or so.
The military? Clearly appropriated, but only meant as an honor to respect the courage and sheer grit of the Scots-Irish as warriors. If English military history tells us anything at all...when things went to schidt for the Brits, the first thing said was, "Send in the Scots". Mimicry is the highest form of flattery.
Posted By: persiandog

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Posted By: fgold767

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Awesome!
Posted By: SuperCub

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Originally Posted by flintlocke
Seldom a police funeral without pipers down here, appropriated culture? Perhaps. But keep in mind, the original 13 colonies had a fair share of Scots-Irish immigrants, some say 200,000 or so.
The military? Clearly appropriated, but only meant as an honor to respect the courage and sheer grit of the Scots-Irish as warriors. If English military history tells us anything at all...when things went to schidt for the Brits, the first thing said was, "Send in the Scots". Mimicry is the highest form of flattery.


I'm surprised at the use of pipers in the US given it's historic disassociation with the British. I guess the Scots and Irish faired better in US military culture.

Here in Canada, the pipes are very common at military functions and similar events given our long history with the British. We still recognize the monarchy, be it symbolic nonetheless.
Posted By: luv2safari

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Below
Posted By: luv2safari

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

This is just a little ways up from Carson City. I love seeing it every time I go up Spooner.

I keep mine flying 24/7 at my campsite in the sierras and have a solar powered light shining on it at night.
Posted By: JakeBlues

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

👍
Posted By: FatCity67

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Pass by The Flag at least once a year.

The rest of the story

Those of us who were alive remember where they were and what they were doing when they saw or heard of the first planes fly into the towers in New York City on September 11, 2001.
Chris Sneed was working in Incline Village on a pipe replacement project for Granite Construction on Lakeshore Boulevard on 9-11-01. He needed a part and ran into Spitsen Lumber. He was in line and saw the store's 12" television showing a plane hit the first tower, and then the second tower.
"I said to myself, this is not good," says Chris. "I knew then that everything about all of our lives was about to change."
As he turned to leave the store he saw some flags by the door and bought two of them. The crew closed up the job site for the day and headed home to their families.
As Chris was heading home to Carson City he saw a big rock formation off US50, one he'd passed often, and decided to climb it. Chris had been rock climbing since the age of 15 and knew then and there he had to climb.
"I took a moment, stopped, climbed up and put one of the flags from Spitsen in a crevice in the rock," said Chris.
The next day, back on the job, Chris's coworkers said to him, 'Hey, did you see that flag on the highway?'. When he told them he did it, Chris said they appreciated it, and that it was awesome.
He made the display more permanent and bought a bigger flag, the type made for homes with the hollow tube holders. That turned out to not be strong enough and had to replace it a few times.
Chris later worked for South Tahoe Public Utility District and custom built a flag holder with a steel pole to fit in a crack up on the rock. Since then he said he doesn't have to tend to it very often and only once has it blown down in all the years since its placement.
Now, every year, a ceremony is held to replace the flag.
"I don't feel right about celebrating 9-11," said Chris. "I decided to replace the flag on the eve of 9-11, a new flag and a new beginning each year. When everyone goes to work, its new."
On September 10, 2020, Chris once again climbed up the rock to replace the flag. Several people were waiting at nearby turnout off the highway as they do every year. Some members of his motorcycle club, the Henchmen, drove over six hours to be there for the moment, along with several from South Lake Tahoe.
Chris tended to the flags on the rock anonymously for years. It is on private property and he has permission of the land owner. When a nearby cross on the highway for Krystal Steadman (a local girl murdered in 2000 whose body was dumped on US50), Chris didn't want the flag taken too so he went public with the 9-11 flag story.
During the 2020 ceremony, a person donated four solar lights to be placed by the flag. Chris was up on the rock Friday, installing them in the same fashion he did the flag...nothing disturbed and using what is already there to hold them in place.
A 1988 South Tahoe High graduate, Sneed now lives in Sparks. He said next year's flag changing ceremony will be a big deal. He had his dad's military name tag from Vietnam sewn into the corner. In 2021, Marine guards will be there and hand the flag to his sister who will be traveling out for the flag changing ceremony. Nevada Department of Transportation is already working on the lane closure for the 5:30 p.m. event.
"If nothing else, when 9-11 happened it brought the nation together, the only positive thing to happen," said Chris.
He is now working to keep that energy going through the flag.
Posted By: hemiallen

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Originally Posted by luv2safari
This is just a little ways up from Carson City. I love seeing it every time I go up Spooner.


Embarrased to never seeing it. Is it just west of the 395- spooner pass intersection, and assuming it's on the north side of 50?

We usually use spooner to get to Sportsmans in CC, road crews have the main drag torn up last I was up there ~ 4 weeks ago.

Thanks for the story, very cool.
Posted By: luv2safari

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Originally Posted by hemiallen
Originally Posted by luv2safari
This is just a little ways up from Carson City. I love seeing it every time I go up Spooner.


Embarrased to never seeing it. Is it just west of the 395- spooner pass intersection, and assuming it's on the north side of 50?

We usually use spooner to get to Sportsmans in CC, road crews have the main drag torn up last I was up there ~ 4 weeks ago.

Thanks for the story, very cool.


It's on the south side about 1/3 the way up Spooner, on the left going up and right going down.
Posted By: hemiallen

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Thanks

I'll look for it on my next trip to Carson.
Posted By: OSU_Sig

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Thanks for the back story on him.

Originally Posted by FatCity67
Pass by The Flag at least once a year.

The rest of the story

Those of us who were alive remember where they were and what they were doing when they saw or heard of the first planes fly into the towers in New York City on September 11, 2001.
Chris Sneed was working in Incline Village on a pipe replacement project for Granite Construction on Lakeshore Boulevard on 9-11-01. He needed a part and ran into Spitsen Lumber. He was in line and saw the store's 12" television showing a plane hit the first tower, and then the second tower.
"I said to myself, this is not good," says Chris. "I knew then that everything about all of our lives was about to change."
As he turned to leave the store he saw some flags by the door and bought two of them. The crew closed up the job site for the day and headed home to their families.
As Chris was heading home to Carson City he saw a big rock formation off US50, one he'd passed often, and decided to climb it. Chris had been rock climbing since the age of 15 and knew then and there he had to climb.
"I took a moment, stopped, climbed up and put one of the flags from Spitsen in a crevice in the rock," said Chris.
The next day, back on the job, Chris's coworkers said to him, 'Hey, did you see that flag on the highway?'. When he told them he did it, Chris said they appreciated it, and that it was awesome.
He made the display more permanent and bought a bigger flag, the type made for homes with the hollow tube holders. That turned out to not be strong enough and had to replace it a few times.
Chris later worked for South Tahoe Public Utility District and custom built a flag holder with a steel pole to fit in a crack up on the rock. Since then he said he doesn't have to tend to it very often and only once has it blown down in all the years since its placement.
Now, every year, a ceremony is held to replace the flag.
"I don't feel right about celebrating 9-11," said Chris. "I decided to replace the flag on the eve of 9-11, a new flag and a new beginning each year. When everyone goes to work, its new."
On September 10, 2020, Chris once again climbed up the rock to replace the flag. Several people were waiting at nearby turnout off the highway as they do every year. Some members of his motorcycle club, the Henchmen, drove over six hours to be there for the moment, along with several from South Lake Tahoe.
Chris tended to the flags on the rock anonymously for years. It is on private property and he has permission of the land owner. When a nearby cross on the highway for Krystal Steadman (a local girl murdered in 2000 whose body was dumped on US50), Chris didn't want the flag taken too so he went public with the 9-11 flag story.
During the 2020 ceremony, a person donated four solar lights to be placed by the flag. Chris was up on the rock Friday, installing them in the same fashion he did the flag...nothing disturbed and using what is already there to hold them in place.
A 1988 South Tahoe High graduate, Sneed now lives in Sparks. He said next year's flag changing ceremony will be a big deal. He had his dad's military name tag from Vietnam sewn into the corner. In 2021, Marine guards will be there and hand the flag to his sister who will be traveling out for the flag changing ceremony. Nevada Department of Transportation is already working on the lane closure for the 5:30 p.m. event.
"If nothing else, when 9-11 happened it brought the nation together, the only positive thing to happen," said Chris.
He is now working to keep that energy going through the flag.
Posted By: PaleRider

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Most Excellent....... cool smile
Posted By: mtnsnake

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

Awesome!
Posted By: EQFD193

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/17/20

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Posted By: Joel/AK

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/18/20

Thats cool. Thanks for post.

As for the pipes. I love em. When I was on the honor guard in AK, we used bagpipes for just about every ceremony, funeral, or whatever. At certain times, they work for people.

Sometimes it doesn't work, late 90's we were in sitka,ak for alaska days and at roughly 3 in the morning we got a couple of the pipers to "practice " while going up and down the halls of the hotel.

Management wasn't happy for some reason. Next morning at breakfast I talked to some of the people staying there. They didn't appreciate being woken up but none actually complained.
Posted By: jwall

Re: Video of flag replacement on Hwy 50 in NV - 10/18/20

A ten hut !

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