Celebration of 90th anniversary

The Volunteer Fire Company operating in our village has celebrated 90 years of existence since its founding. An official celebration was held and I and my husband were asked to come and take photos. We hesitated but were pleased by the invitation and finally made a decision to accept and give it a try.

The first part of the celebration was devoted to speeches and reminding the history of the fire company. While listening I was walking around and focusing on a little exhibition of new…

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… as well as old equipment and vehicles.

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In the photo below the older vehicle on the left belongs to the local firemen, the more modern vehicle on the right belongs to the firemen from a town nearby.

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When all was said, firemen gathered in front of the building to form a procession. It all looked very festive, how many times do you see your neighbours in such uniforms?

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The procession was walking from the building of the local municipal authority to the local chapel by which the Volunteer Fire Company’s flag was consecrated by a vicar-general who arrived from Pilsen for this special occasion. He was speaking among others about St. Florian, a patron saint of fire fighters, and about putting out fires in our relationships, which I really liked.

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We happened to know the vicar-general from some time ago and I was curious whether he would remember us. He did and it was a nice meeting after many years.

Then the procession went back to the local monument where a wreath was put in honour to the citizens fallen in both of the world wars.

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The procession was accompanied by a small band playing to set a marching step, that music made an important part of the atmosphere.

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The celebration was crowned by a demonstration of fire fighting using that old fire engine which was displayed, we all could see that it’s still functional and could be used if needed.

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You can imagine that plenty of people were photographing the event. I liked the challenge to be one of them, trying to be in the right place at the right time, choose the best shots as possible, avoid other cameras and photographers and adjust settings of my camera properly. It was a great experience and I hope you enjoyed at least a bit of the atmosphere of that event too.

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14 Comments

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed these photos, Petra. It was fun to see that celebration through your lens. I really liked the 2nd and 3rd images, showing the older equipment. Regarding the memorial to those who died in the two world wars, were they all citizens of your local village?

  2. I think they're excellent photos! Everything was dynamic, thanks to your perception of the events. And I like the fact that the visiting pastor was speaking about putting fires out in relationships. We all need that sort of reminder from time to time.

  3. Good morning Petra:
    This was just great. Our volunteer fire department do great work here, being called at all times and all very brave, knowledgeable men and women. It is a great challenge to be able to work those older water pumps and know how each part of the machine works. We just celebrated Canada Day and our local fire department and volunteer fire department were there with all similar gear, both older and newer equipment, with hoses running every which-way for those wanting to play about in the spray of the water. The children and some older ones were having a great time. What a nice honour for you and your husband to be asked to take photos. You did a swell job with the photos and the coverage story. Very interesting and colourful. I like the fireman's hat and clothing, where our fellows wear dark almost navy blue shirts and pants, but the machines were quite similar. Those olde hand pump systems work quite well don't they. Have a wonderful day 🙂

    1. Lilly, thank you. Both I and my husband have presented photos from local sport events which we were trying to shoot and we are also seen walking around with our DSLR cameras from time to time, so I guess this resulted in that invitation. I felt very pleased. You know, I wouldn’t have been interested in that celebration at all and now I’m so glad we could see it and participate in it this way.

      PS I can imagine all the fun in the spray of the water the children had!

  4. What a wonderful invitation and challenge for you, Petra! I'm so glad you said YES. I especially liked what the vicar said about "putting out fires in our relationships." Well said…and done. BRAVA.

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