162/365: Bench Monday (Memorial Day edition)

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    [just added this as my 365 photo -- a good one for it, but I had others, but my computer problems have been so overwhelming I'm just going to use this!]

    Does this count as Bench Monday? It's not me, it's not my children, but it is my village. And it's not a bench, but I think it's just as much of a bench as I've seen others use.

    I grew up feeling pretty negative about the military. I was a liberal in a liberal city, where people around me were still very sour about Vietnam, and my family leaned toward pacificism.

    As an adult, however, I watched as my city was attacked on 9/11, and then my own little brother, brought up in the exact same family as me, joined the Marines.

    I am not a pacifist anymore, but I believe fighting should always be the last ditch effort. I don't always agree with my country on whether that "last ditch effort" has arrived, but I have learned to respect the men and women who volunteer their lives to protect their home and their families and the rest of us. I am in awe of them, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

    [I have to "dump and run" -- I'll check photos later!]

    pixelmama, krow10, KristenHawley, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. ~nut*meg~ 47 months ago | reply

      powerful. I really think it is neat to see how our views and values change over time, if you keep open to seeing things differently...I have many family members in the military, past and present. I think it is a great sacrifice and I am so grateful for the men and women who serve and for our freedom. I think I have moved more towards pacifism now...funny how we change! anyway, love this today!

    2. Mandy Sloan 47 months ago | reply

      Lovely tribute. Happy Bench Monday

    3. Cat Johnson 47 months ago | reply

      beautiful tribute

      hbm :)

    4. maccandace 47 months ago | reply

      That's a great Bench Monday. I, too, am a lib and was coming of age during the Viet Nam era. My dad was in the Army Air Corps during WW2 so was always pro-military. I do very much appreciate what service people do for us but I find it hard to stand behind every conflict we're in. I know, however, that supporting our troops is different than supporting war (at least to me it is). My flag is flying proudly today.

    5. Dr Lindy 47 months ago | reply

      Definitely. Clever. I love it.

    6. aia*c (here when i can be) 47 months ago | reply

      love it! i grew up quite similar, too.

      --
      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    7. crthomas888 47 months ago | reply

      Great processing, the colors are comp are perfect

    8. CarolynsHope 47 months ago | reply

      This is wonderful, love the red white and blue. Hope you had a great Memorial Day.

    9. LauraDeu 47 months ago | reply

      I like your bench foto and your comments on it!!!

    10. Sarah McVey 47 months ago | reply

      Happy Late BM!

      Sorry to hear 'bout ur computer troubles - daggon machines! And don't worry about being MIA - that's my middle name! Take a hammer to your cpu - I find that tends to do the trick... XoD

    11. suecarneyevan 47 months ago | reply

      did we lose you? this is such a wonderfully composed and interesting shot. not like so many other memorial day shots (mine)! miss ya!
      sue c.

    12. Arin S 47 months ago | reply

      Lovely and amazing :)

    13. damiec 47 months ago | reply

      this s a wonderful, moving image and tribute

    14. SuperDewa 47 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much!

      Sue -- I'll get my photos up on Shuttercal as soon as I have my computer issues sorted out (which will be next week as I'm not even home now). Miss you too! Thanks for stopping by here!

    15. Degilbo on flickr 47 months ago | reply

      Down here, we older Australians realize the debt of gratitude we owe to the American servicemen who battled the Japanese in the Pacific. Younger Australians don't! I wonder whether future generations of Afghans when they are living in a democracy, will realize the debt of gratitude they owe to coalition forces who helped bring that democracy to their country - I doubt it! Memories for some, are short, unfortunately.

    16. CindyB1972 46 months ago | reply

      Congrats on being chosen in the Pioneer womans contest- just saw your photo there! Beautiful...touching...well done!

    17. Tami Loving Life 46 months ago | reply

      Congrats on being chosen for PW's Group Two!!

    18. LBHaber 46 months ago | reply

      This is wonderful. Pacifist that I am, Memorial Day always brings a tear to my eye. You have captured the essence.

    19. SuperDewa 46 months ago | reply

      Thank you! :-)

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