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Friday, November 12, 2010

God Bless America!

{I wrote this yesterday.  I just didn't post it.  Oops!}

I thought that, in honor of Veterans' Day, I'd post some appropriately themed pictures that I find thought or emotion provoking. Most of them are classic and you've probably seen in one form or another.

Starting with Arlington National Cemetary. If you've ever been there, you know. It's a beautiful place. A quiet place. A restful place. A place of respect. It's green and rip with cherry blossoms. I can only speak for me, and I was there MANY years ago, but what always stuck with me was how it FELT to be there. To see the gorgeously green grass and how the ground ROLLS over vast amounts of space. And how ALL of that space is neatly adorned with little white markers. You'd think with so many, it'd be easy to distance from what each of those white declarations meant, but you can't. OVERWHELMING is the only descriptive word that comes close as you scan your surroundings in EVERY direction only to see the hundreds of thousands of rolling tombstones, each with name of someone's baby or father or brother, etc. It's an indescribable and almost tangibly heavy feeling.

S.S. Arizona and the souls that were still aboard her in their final resting place.

February 22 marks the day in which 5 Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman raised the American flag over Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Of the 6 men depicted in the picture, 3 others were actually killed in battle shortly thereafter.

Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Again, if you've been there, the vastness of it overwhelms you.

A folded flag has so much symbolism.  It's beautiful and scary, all at once.


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