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To most Americans, Memorial Day is just a day to barbecue, go to the beach, and hang out with family or friends. We've come to think of it as that 3 day weekend we look forward to, well, at least the folks who don't work in sales like I do! We're never off!

 

Memorial Day is SUPPOSED to be a day to honor our greatest patriots; the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces, and who have given their lives in doing so. It is a day to think about the cost of being a free nation, and a day to be grateful that someone else fought to keep us that way. To me, it's a day that makes me have profound respect for those who didn't die, but who came home, often disabled or suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, or night terrors, or who received much less than a hero's welcome. One young man who came in my store one day said that after serving in the Middle East, he was branded a "baby killer" upon arriving home with the physical pain from his wounds that would never leave him for the rest of his life.

 

One of my best friends was a Top Gun in Vietnam. During his military career, he was shot in the head and the leg, and had an out of body experience as the doctor was attempting to save his life on the operating table. When he came to, he told the doctor where he'd dropped a pen he couldn't find, something he couldn't know unless he'd been hovering OVER his body in the room, as it couldn't be seen otherwise!

 

This photo was taken in a park dedicated to local soldiers who had served in the military. I noticed smaller plaques that people had put around the grounds to honor a specific person. It is beside a lake next to the library in the Port Orange City Center, Port Orange, Florida. Flags fly nearby, and children point at turtles and birds in the water. Women jog by with their dogs. An osprey dives into the lake after fish, and people like me grab photos. Few of us give much thought to the names on those plaques. But they're there. Silently shouting, "Don't forget us!" We do, but then on days like this weekend, we choose to remember that freedom isn't free at all. It's paid for in blood.

 

God bless our troops, past ans present, and God bless America.

Portrait on Harley in desert

Bain News Service,, publisher.

 

Indians at dedication

 

1913 Feb. 22 (date created or published later by Bain)

 

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

 

Notes:

Title and date from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.

Photo shows Crow chiefs at the groundbreaking ceremony for the National American Indian Memorial (which was never built), Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, New York. (left to right) White Man Runs Him (ca. 1855-1925), Plenty Coups (1848-1932), and Medicine Crow. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

 

Format: Glass negatives.

 

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

 

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

 

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

 

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.11598

 

Call Number: LC-B2- 2524-6

  

The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue (Abraham Lincoln, 1920) was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. It is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.

 

The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Like other monuments on the National Mall – including the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and National World War II Memorial – the memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since October 15, 1966. It is open to the public 24 hours a day. In 2007, it was ranked seventh on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue (Abraham Lincoln, 1920) was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. It is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.

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El Monumento a Lincoln (Lincoln Memorial en inglés), situado en uno de los extremos horizontales del National Mall de Washington DC, es un monumento conmemorativo creado para honrar la memoria del presidente Abraham Lincoln.

La parte principal del monumento es la escultura de Lincoln sentado hecha por Daniel Chester French. French estudió muchas de las fotos que Mathew Brady hizo a Lincoln, y mostró al presidente de forma pensativa, mirando al este hacia la Piscina Reflectante y al Monumento a Washington. Una de sus manos está cerrada, mientras que la otra está abierta. Debajo de ellas, las fasces romanas, símbolos de la autoridad de la República, están esculpidas en el relieve del asiento. La estatua se levanta a 6 metros de altura y tiene 6 metros de anchura. Fue moldeada por los hermanos Piccirilli de Nueva York en su estudio del Bronx a partir de 28 bloques de mármol. La sala principal está flanqueada por otras dos salas. En una, el Discurso de Gettysburg está grabado en la pared sur, y en la otra, el segundo discurso innaugural de Lincoln está inscrito en la pared norte. Por encima de estos discursos hay una serie de murales pintados por Jules Guérin y muestran un ángel, que representa la verdad, liberando a un esclavo (en la pared sur, encima del Discurso de Gettysburg), y la unidad del Norte y el Sur (encima del segundo discurso inaugural). En la pared detrás de la estatua, tras la cabeza, se encuentra esta dedicatoria:

  

IN THIS TEMPLE

AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION

THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

IS ENSHRINED FOREVER

 

EN ESTE TEMPLO,

COMO EN LOS CORAZONES DE LA GENTE

POR LA QUE SALVÓ LA UNIÓN,

SE CONSAGRA PARA SIEMPRE

LA MEMORIA DE ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

En: Wikipedia

I have not edited these shots in any particular order, so, in the end I miss out some, or post others twice or even more. But, it was such an experience, saw so many wonderful things, I could post everything at once, but trying not to.

 

Anyway, on with the show, and some more wide angle shots with the camera on a rickety tripod.

 

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Christianity reached Roman Britain in the second-century AD. A number of Roman artefacts - pots, tiles and glass - have been found in excavations around St Paul’s, however no evidence has emerged that the site of St Paul’s, as once believed, was ever used for a Roman temple. The official withdrawal of Roman administration in 410 AD did not end Christian belief in England but it was to be almost two hundred years before St Paul’s Cathedral was founded. The two names most associated with the establishment of the first St Paul’s are Saint Mellitus and Saint Erkenwald. The former, a monk who arrived in Britain with Saint Augustine on a mission from Rome instigated by Pope Gregory the Great, founded St Paul’s in 604 AD. The latter was the Abbot of Chertsey whose consecration as Bishop of London in 675 AD, following the city’s brief return to paganism, confirmed the return of the Roman Church to London. The earliest Cathedral buildings were relatively short-lived structures, repeatedly damaged by fires and Viking attacks. It was the Cathedral begun in about 1087 AD by Bishop Maurice, Chaplain to William the Conqueror, which would provide the longest standing home for Christian worship on the site to date, surviving for almost six hundred years.

 

1087–1559: Medieval Splendour

The Cathedral quire was the first part of the new building to be completed in 1148, enabling the Cathedral to function as a place of worship as quickly as possible. Up to the Reformation of the Church in England St Paul’s was a Catholic cathedral in which the celebration of the Mass, the preaching of sermons, the veneration of many saints, shrines, reliquaries, chapels, the observance of Saints’ feast days, masses for the dead said in chantry chapels, a wooden cross known as a rood, and a chapel devoted to The Virgin, all played a part in the liturgical life of the building. A great deal of public activity also took place; although not always welcomed by those looking after the Cathedral, trade, sports and ball games were common and a north/south route through the Cathedral transepts was used as a general thoroughfare. Paul’s Cross was an important feature of Cathedral life from at least the mid thirteenth-century. It was an outdoor covered pulpit from which proclamations were made and leading prelates expounded, often controversially, on theology and politics. It ceased to be used in the 1630s, and stood in the north churchyard until 1642.

 

The Cathedral School was re-established with new statutes just to the east of Paul’s Cross in 1512 by John Colet (1466–1519) a Renaissance scholar and friend of Erasmus who viewed education as prerequisite for spiritual regeneration.

 

All of these enterprises, the spiritual, the educational, and the civic, took place within or beside the largest building in medieval England: longer, taller and wider than the present building and richly decorated.

 

The reign of King Henry VIII saw the beginning of the end for many aspects of the religious life of the building associated with Roman Catholicism. The shrine of St Erkenwald was plundered and waves of iconoclasm followed in which shrines and images were destroyed. The full suppression of Catholic worship and fittings was carried out under Edward VI by the first Protestant Bishop of London, Nicholas Ridley, who was martyred by Mary I's government in 1555. After a restoration of Catholic rites under Mary, settled Protestant worship was confirmed finally under Elizabeth I's first Bishop of London, Edmund Grindal, in 1559.

 

1560–1666: Reformation to Conflagration

The new form of worship continued at St Paul’s in the wake of the Reformation, with the choir singing in English instead of Latin at Mattins and Evensong according to the new Book of Common Prayer. The Cathedral already had a long history as a place of commemoration and some of the grandest tombs were still to be added to the building in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. One of the most remarkable monuments from this period still survives, that of John Donne (1572–1631), the poet and clergyman who, after a raffish youth, went on to become Dean of St Pauls from 1621 until his death. During his lifetime, St Paul's and Paul's Cross were leading centres of a newly confident and thriving Protestant culture in England.

 

The physical destruction wrought during the Reformation had only been the start of a series of threats to the fabric. In June 1561 lightning struck the Cathedral spire igniting a fire which destroyed the steeple and roofs, the heat and falling timbers causing such damage to the Cathedral structure that it would never fully recover. Plans were made for restoration and the architect Inigo Jones (1573–1652) was engaged to carry out work in 1633, but his work was left incomplete at the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642. Parliamentary forces took control of the Cathedral and its Dean and Chapter dissolved; the Lady Chapel became a large preaching auditorium, while the vast nave was used as a cavalry barracks with, at one point, 800 horses stabled inside.

 

By the 1650s the building was in a serious state of disrepair and it was only after the Restoration in 1660 of King Charles II (1630–1685) that repair was once again considered in earnest as an architectural proclamation of the restored Church of England and the monarchy. Leading architects wrestled with the how to restore the medieval structure and were often in disagreement. Inspired by his travels in France and his knowledge of Italian architecture, Christopher Wren (1632–1732) proposed the addition of a dome to the building, a plan agreed upon in August 1666. Only a week later The Great Fire of London was kindled in Pudding Lane, reaching St Paul’s in two days. The wooden scaffolding contributed to the spread of the flames around the Cathedral and the high vaults fell, smashing into the crypt, where flames, fuelled by thousands of books stored there in vaults leased to printers and booksellers, put the structure beyond hope of rescue.

 

1666–1711: A new Cathedral for London

Sir Christopher Wren was a brilliant scientist and mathematician and Britain’s most famous architect. The building he designed to replace the pre-Fire Cathedral is his masterpiece. Nine years of planning were required to ensure that the new design would meet the requirements of a working cathedral; the quire was to be the main focus for liturgical activity, a Morning Chapel was required for Morning Prayer, vestries were needed for the clergy to robe, a treasury for the church plate, a home had to be planned for the enormous organ, bell towers were essential, and the interior had to be fitted for the grandest of occasions and ceremonies. The building which Wren delivered in thirty five years fulfilled all these needs and provided a symbol for the Church of England, the renewed capital city, and the emerging empire.

 

Construction commenced in 1675: the process involved many highly skilled draughtsmen and craftsmen and was pursued in phases, largely dependent on the availability of funding and materials. Portland stone predominated but other types of stone were necessary as well as bricks, iron and wood. All of the building accounts, contracts and records of the rebuilding commission survive, and many original drawings. A detailed history of the design of the cathedral can be found in the online Wren Office Drawings catalogue written by Dr Gordon Higgott (2012). Christopher Wren lived to see the building completed: the last stone of the Cathedral’s structure was laid on 26 October 1708 by two sons named after their fathers, Christopher Wren junior and Edward Strong (the son of master mason). The first service had already been held in 1697 – a Thanksgiving for the Peace between England and France.

 

1712–1795: Perilous painting and memorialising the Greats

The violent and iconoclastic transition from Roman Catholicism and the debate over the reformed faith which followed were tumultuous. The Cathedral was built at a time when the Civil War and Protectorate had again heightened sensitivity to the confluence of art and Protestantism. What constituted appropriate decoration for the Cathedral was the subject of great debate. After a competition Sir James Thornhill was chosen to provide a decorative scheme for the interior of the Cathedral dome in 1715 and immediately began work to produce eight scenes from the life of St Paul. Working precariously over fifty metres from the ground he completed the work within two years and was soon commissioned to continue his scheme into the lantern and onto the drum beneath the dome.

 

Daily rounds of worship were observed within view of the new murals, but despite the efforts to enliven the interior of the building, St Paul’s proved an unpopular venue with the Hanoverian dynasty and royal attendance dwindled; after George I’s visit in 1715 no monarch came again for seventy-four years. The capture of the French fortress of Louisburg during the course of the Seven Years War was marked by an impressive service in 1758, but it would not be until 1789 that George III marked his recovery with a special Thanksgiving service attended by thousands.

 

A monument to the philanthropist and prison reformer John Howard which was placed on the Cathedral floor in 1795 was the first of a host of sculptures commemorating the lives of clergy, writers, artists, scientists and military figures which were to populate vacant floor and wall space in the next century.Two of the most distinguished military commanders of the Napoleonic Wars were commemorated with state funerals and later great monuments on the church floor: Admiral Horatio Nelson in 1806 and Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington in 1852, both of whom are interred in the Cathedral crypt.

 

1800–1905 Heat, light and colour: St Paul’s in the age of industry

Institutional reform was matched by physical changes to St Paul’s in the nineteenth-century. Queen Victoria lamented that St Pauls was "most dreary, dingy and un-devotional” adding her voice to the general criticism of the Cathedral for being, dark, dirty and cold .The Cathedral Chapter took steps to make the building more inviting and began work on the so called "completion of the decoration”. While the use of vivid mosaic in the dome and the quire area were being explored, and programmes of stained glass were designed. The rearrangement of the quire by the Surveyor F C Penrose (1817–1903) was the most significant of many changes to the interior made under his supervision. By removing the screen dividing the quire from the nave many more people were able to participate in services. Great Victorian Deans, especially Henry H Millman and Robert Gregory, seized the opportunity to hold routine worship under the dome and in the nave, as well as in the quire – thus for the first time actively making the whole of the vast building a place of worship and Christian teaching. The full ceremonial potential of St Paul’s was also realised by this reordering, something anticipated in the state funeral for Nelson, and confirmed with that for Wellington.

 

Victorian philanthropy more generally flourished at a reinvigorated St Paul's. During the first half of the nineteenth-century Maria Hackett (1783–1874) devoted her time and money to a campaign to improve the living and educational conditions of boy choristers in St Paul’s and other cathedrals and Anglican choral foundations. In 1860 the Chapter of St Paul's presented William Weldon Champneys (1807–1875), to the vicarage of St Pancras, where he developed the schools, ragged schools, and Sunday schools and provided an invalids dinner table. The Canons of St Paul’s focused on the welfare of the thousands of clerks and warehousemen who worked in the vicinity of the Cathedral through the Amen Court Guild. At the end of the century St Paul’s had one of its most dynamic of English cathedral Chapters, with the many facets of the life of the Cathedral attaining new levels of distinction and in 1897 the organisation of the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service for Queen Victoria (1819–1901) proved an outstanding success.

 

906–1960 Belt and Braces: Strengthening the Dome and Defending the Building

Cracks had appeared in some parts of the Cathedral as a result of settlement even before the Cathedral was topped-off in 1710 and concern over the structural stability of the Cathedral persisted in to the early years of the twentieth-century. After various investigations, fears culminated in the Corporation of London's serving of a dangerous structure notice to the Dean on Christmas Eve 1924: the Cathedral was closed from 1925 to 1930 while the piers and dome were strengthened under the supervision of the surveyor Walter Godfrey Allen (1891–1986). Some of the strengthening interventions may have been excessive; however they were to provide valuable structural support when the Cathedral suffered two significant bomb strikes during the Second World War.

 

St Paul’s Watch, the group of volunteers who defended the Cathedral during The Blitz, enabled the continuation of services as normally as possible throughout the war years. At the end of the conflict, on 8 May 1945, ten consecutive services were held in thanksgiving for peace, each attended by over three thousand people. The last of the services focused on the work of the St Paul’s Watch. In the years that followed St Paul’s played an important role in commemorating those who had sacrificed their lives and in reconciliation. The American Memorial Chapel was constructed and consecrated in the presence of President Eisenhower (1890–1969) and on 21st October 1958, Theodor Heuss (1884–1963), President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1959, visited St Paul’s to present an altar set with the words "The German people have asked me to hand to you, Mr Dean, and to the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral this crucifix and these two candlesticks. Our gifts are a token of our sincere wish to serve, together with the British People, the cause of Peace in the World”.

 

1960–2012: Royal events and Social reformers

With the major structural issues resolved and war damage repaired, the Cathedral continued to welcome world leaders, thinkers, theologians, politicians and the public in pursuit of hope for a better society. Canon John Collins (1905–1982), who had been a leader in the drive for post-war reconciliation, campaigned tirelessly for peace, human rights, and nuclear disarmament, and against apartheid in South Africa. Dr Martin Luther King (1929–1968) stopped at St Paul's to speak from the west steps en route to collect his Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and his widow Coretta Scott King (1927–2006) became the first woman to preach in a statutory service in St Paul’s. On January 30th, 1969 the Cathedral Choir was joined by Indian singers and instrumentalists, and addresses were given to mark the centenary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) the champion of non-violent resistance, civil rights and freedom across the world. Continuing this tradition, in 2012 the Dalai Lama (b. 1935) was welcomed to receive the Templeton prize ('for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities'). The St Paul’s Institute was established in 2003 to foster an informed Christian response to the most urgent ethical and spiritual issues of our times and engaged with the Occupy Protests of 2011/12 seeking constructive debate on financial ethics.

 

The wedding in St Paul’s of HRH the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer gripped the nation and much of the world in 1981, and Queen Elizabeth II officially marked both her Golden and Diamond Jubilees with Thanksgiving services in St Paul’s Cathedral. There have been occasions for national mourning: in 1965 Winston Churchill (1874–1965) who had led Britain during the war received a state funeral, a ceremony reserved for heads of state and others who have given significant leadership in the defence of the nation. A large ceremonial funeral was held for former Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher, in 2013. Vast crowds gathered at St Paul's following the terrorist attacks on New York on September 11 2001, as London expressed its solidarity with the people of New York at a time of grief; and the victims of the 7/7 bombings were mourned in special services in 2005. The Diamond Jubilee and the special summer service at St Paul's celebrating the Paralympic Games made 2012 a spectacular year for the Cathedral.

 

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The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue (Abraham Lincoln, 1920) was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. It is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.

 

The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Like other monuments on the National Mall – including the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and National World War II Memorial – the memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since October 15, 1966. It is open to the public 24 hours a day. In 2007, it was ranked seventh on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

just found out about flickr's pink themed tuesday this easter week (where have i been???) lol!

 

this is a shot of the trees in the american memorial using hte D90 IR camera, given the pinkness treatment! hope ya like it!

a bit late for memorial day, but i found this in my archives. shot this in washingtong dc when i was there about this time last year.

 

sorry have not been active the past few days. a lot of paperwork for an examination i am preparing for the new doctors.

 

have a fun week my friends!

The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue (Abraham Lincoln, 1920) was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. It is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.

 

The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Like other monuments on the National Mall – including the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and National World War II Memorial – the memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since October 15, 1966. It is open to the public 24 hours a day. In 2007, it was ranked seventh on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

it is good friday, and in manila, the streets are deserted, malls are closed and a lot of people are spending the long vacation in beaches.

 

my IR-converted D90 camera in tow, i went to the american memorial cemetery grounds. i have been wanting to shoot there and what better than IR photography?

 

it is a smaller version of the arlington cemetery, which contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines.

 

have a good friday everyone...

Each summer in Japan, citizens release floating paper lanterns into local rivers and lakes. The lanterns are decorated with special names and symbols and dedicated to late loved ones. This ceremony is called Toro Nagashi and it takes place over three days that serve the same purpose as American Memorial Day.

 

taken @ Hosoi

Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, The Memorial honor American troops who died in Europe during World War II.

 

American War Memorial

Fort Bonifacio

Just after Christmas, I happened to be visiting downtown DC at just the right time to catch the sun through the wingtips of the National Japanese American Memorial To Patriotism.

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The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and was dedicated on May 30, 1922. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue (Abraham Lincoln, 1920) was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. It is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.

The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln.

it was ranked seventh on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

 

El Memorial de Lincoln es un monumento de origen griego que se construyo en 1922 en honor al 16 presidente de Estados Unidos. Se construyo 50 anos despues de su asesinato y fue el presidente que abolio la esclavitud en America.

Aqui fue que Martin Luther King dio su famoso discurso 5 dias antes de su asesinato "Yo Tengo un Sueno" y multiples protestas como con la guerra de Vietnan se dieron aqui. Lincoln fue uno de los mas grandes hombres de este Pais, yo creo que el mas importante.

PART OF THE AMERICAN MEMORIAL SHRINE ARE CROSSES THAT MARKS THE BURIAL OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN KILLED IN ACTION IN THE PACIFIC THEATER. I HAD THE SHOT WITH MY NIKON D300 AND THE 18-200 DX VR LENS.

American Memorial Park.

This chapel commemorates the common sacrifices of the British and American peoples during the seccond world war.

 

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This is at the museum in the American memorial at Omaha beach. It represents the everlasting souls of those who fell.

On this American Memorial Day, 2016, remembering loved ones who've gone on before. Although the holiday's traditional meaning is to honor those who've died in service to our country, it has, also, become more generalized as a time to remember all of our relatives who've passed away. I remember hearing from my parents that, as they were growing up, it was common practice for families to go to the cemeteries on that day (then called "Decoration Day"), to weed & put flowers on the graves of their loved ones. Often, a family picnic or time of worship might be included. In more recent times, family members are being cremated & we are scattered across the country, making it difficult to continue these traditions. I am thankful to be able to say that no one in the recent generations of my family has been lost to war, although my dad served in World War II & my former husband in peacetime. Instead of journeying to a cemetery, I hold my loved ones in my heart, offering these Forget-Me-Nots as a token of my enduring love & respect!

 

I'll note first off that this is from last year. The cherry blossoms aren't quite so nice yet. I'm starting to wonder what this year's blossoms will look like. The weather roller coaster we've been on can hardly help the growing process. This is one of my favorite places to see cherry blossoms away from the Tidal Basin. Visitors will rarely pass by this area.

 

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The american memorial cemetery in Tunisia

Native American Memorial at Little Big Horn

The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the main statue (Abraham Lincoln, 1920) was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. It is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.

 

The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Like other monuments on the National Mall – including the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and National World War II Memorial – the memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since October 15, 1966. It is open to the public 24 hours a day. In 2007, it was ranked seventh on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

A 12 hour 30 minute iPhone 4 ultra-long exposure. Various features have been identified on the image as "notes" - move the cursor over the image to see the notes. Vega, Arcturus and Altair are the stars giving rise to the arcuate star trails in the bottom left, upper left and upper right, respectively. An Iridium satellite flare is the short streak half way up the image on the left hand side. The 3 light trails appearing from behind the building on the right hand side belong to the Moon, Jupiter and Venus from bottom left to top right, respectively. The various dotted light trails belong to the landing/navigation lights on aircraft. The concentration of these trails just above the horizon comes from aircraft taking off from Canberra Airport, which is out of sight, beyond the right hand edge of this image. And the light trails in the foreground belong to vehicles travelling along Bowen Drive. The column rising above the foreground elements on the horizon is the Australian-American Memorial. It is an eagle atop a long column, sited in the centre of a cluster of Department of Defence buildings.

 

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The photo was taken using the Slow Shutter Cam app on an iPhone 4, starting at approximately 18:00 on 20120617 and ending around 06:30 on 20120618. In trying to capture the beautiful blue and orange colors of the pre-dawn, I may have let the shoot run just a bit too long, reducing the visibility of the various light trails. In particular, the weak head and tail parts of the satellite flare have almost disappeared. Still, the blue colors are wonderful!

 

The set up for this overnight shoot included a tripod and mount for the iPhone, and a power source (mains power, transformer, and USB docking/charging cable) otherwise the battery runs flat after ~2.5 hours of recording. It is also important to turn off all alarms, reminders, notifications etc to prevent vibrations and pop ups from interfering with the running of the Slow Shutter Cam app.

 

The main focus of my efforts was to capture the light trail produced by a "satellite flare" event - i.e., sunlight reflected from the satellite - to see what they look like when captured with an iPhone camera. I used the "Heavens Above" website to obtain a prediction of the Iridium satellite flare events visible from my location. In this instance, it was the Iridium 61 satellite that was predicted to be visible at around 05:52 on 20120618, magnitude -6 (i.e., a similar or slightly greater intensity to Venus), on an azimuth of 025 degrees and elevation of 16 degrees.

 

The flare event was captured right on schedule, at the predicted location and brightness - see the short bright trail on the left hand side of the image. If you move the cursor over the image above, the location is shown with a note (i.e., a rectangular box with a label). It was very rewarding to watch the flare in real time and to see it captured in the shot at the same time. My eyes are far more sensitive than the camera sensors, so I could see the flare event for a good 30 seconds, starting at an elevation of around 20 degrees, gaining intensity then dimming and finally disappearing as it moved downwards.

 

Despite the presence of scattered clouds during the evening (that account for the gaps in some of the star trails), I finished up with a good assortment of star, planet and aircraft light trails also recorded. The star and planet trails arc smoothly from bottom right to top left. The dots are recording the path of aircraft with their flashing landing lights on as they climb away from Canberra Airport (off to the right of this image.

 

www.heavens-above.com/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_flare

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridium_satellite_constellation

 

Barton, ACT, Australia.

 

iPhone 4 - The photograph was taken with an iPhone 4 using the Slow Shutter Cam app. This app allows an unlimited "bulb" exposure time in Light Trail mode. I used a "Sensitivity" setting of 1. The exposure length was approximately 12 hours and 30 minutes, from approximately 18:00 on 20120617 to around 06:30 on 20120618.

TouchRetouch - Several point-size artifacts in this ultra-long exposure image attenuated.

FrontView - Trapezoidal crop applied to remove some of the lens distortion around the margins of the frame.

Snapseed - Overall lighting changes applied (Sharpening and Structure filters).

PhotoFxUltra - ND Grad filter applied.

Snapseed - Selective lighting changes applied to the trees and buildings in the foreground (De-saturation and darkening).

Camera+ - Thin white and thick black borders added.

PaintShop Pro X4 - Digital camera speckle noise attenuated (60% fine and large scale, 60% blend). Final lighting adjustments applied (Saturation and Hue).

 

(Filed as 20120619_iPad3 007 SlowShutterCam-TouchRetouch-FrontView-Snapseed-PhotoFxUltra-Camera+-PSPX4-DNR-60006060-L.JPG)

Washington D.C. - USA

 

I hope you cope with me in the following days, because I'll be posting some HDR images I made in the first 3 months of this year and I'll start with the Lincoln Memorial. Yup, I finally have some time to process those and I'll be alternating between them and my most recent non-HDR shots. Oh, and I'm still accepting theme suggestions for my next posts! :-)

  

The Lincoln Memorial is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

  

About the photo

 

EXIF: 11mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO 560, +/-2 EV bracketing, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens

 

Merged HDR in Photomatix and messed around a lot with layer masks and adjustments in Photoshop, enough to fill a 3 page booklet. :-)

 

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by Carlos Eduardo Seo

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Filipino's & American Soldier who sacrifice their life for the freedom of the Philippines.

Infrared photography at the American Memorial on Good Friday.

~Thomas Merton

 

To better appreciate this, please click here for large view on black.

   

Shot at the American War Memorial, Bonifacio Global City, Makati City, Philippines with my good friend briandelacruz.

 

Manila American Cemetery and War Memorial

 

The hillside cemetery contains 17,000 white marble crosses remembering the military who died in World War II in the Pacific region (mainly in New Guinea and the Philippines).

 

The marble crosses are aligned in eleven plots set among a wide variety of tropical trees. The cemetery is well kept and beautiful. It is the largest American Cemetery outside the United States.

 

Inside the circular memorial are huge mosaics depicting the battles of the Pacific. On the other walls within the hemicycles are inscribed the names of 36,285 missing soldiers.

 

From the cemetery you have impressive views of Laguna de Bay, Fort Bonifacio and Metro Manila. Source: Pinoy Travel Blog

 

Title devised by cataloguer based on information from acquisition documentation.; This album was maintained and compiled by P.M. Hamilton.; Also available in an electronic version via the Internet at: nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3662184-s58; Album donated by P.M. Hamilton's daughter, Mrs. Nola Sharp, 2006. Photograph showing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, standing on the steps of the Parliament House in Canberra in 1954. During this visit to Australia she unveiled the newly completed Australian American Memorial in a ceremony in Canberra on 16 February 1954.

 

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Lunar Eclipse over the Australian-American Memorial.

Problems avoiding shake from the wind, Telephoto lens not helping matters. Spent 2 hours snapping away, constantly changing position to keep the alignment. Any normal moon would have been impossibly too bright compared to the unlit memorial, and I wanted to avoid photoshop trickery (no HDR or merging multiple images)

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