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Image of the Week: A Half Mast Showing of Respect for Kentucky Crew

Leave it to the lovely and talented Yvonne Aleman to outshoot me in one try with her phone while leaving town on Sunday the day after the eighth annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in Buford, Ga. (See for yourself in my highlights from the event on Lake Lanier.)

In recognition of the four Kentucky boaters who died in an accident the day before the charitable poker run they were in town to participate in, Lanier Islands flew all 16 of the Pirate flags surrounding the American flag upon entering the incredible resort at half mast as a symbol of respect to Art and Melissa McMahan and Anthony and Tammy Reece.

Yvonne Aleman captured Lanier Islands' fitting tribute to the boaters lost during the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run.

Yvonne Aleman captured Lanier Islands’ fitting tribute to the boaters lost during the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run.

Aleman, who lives in Florida and attended the event for the fourth straight year with her boyfriend, Greg Harris, said the 2016 poker run is one she will never forget—not just because of the lives lost but she was impressed with the way the community rallied in support of the boaters.

“Greg noticed the flags right away so we made sure we stopped to take a photo once we pulled the boat out,” said Yvonne, who participated in the run with Harris in Fast at Last, a Active Thunder 37 Excess with twin Mercury Racing 700SCi engines that is currently for sale. “Lanier Islands didn’t need to do that—it was very respectful. I call that paying attention to detail. I don’t know how many people noticed it on their way out, but we sure did.”

Great eye, as usual, Yvonne.

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