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Thank you to all our Veterans and to those who are serving our country today. No words of mine can express our appreciation better than these lines from "America the Beautiful" as written by Katherine Lee Bates.

"Oh, beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life! America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea."

Memorial Day 2012

  

Executive Mansion,

Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

 

This consoling message was written in by President Abraham Lincoln, November 1864 to Lydia Bixby, a widow living in Boston who lost five sons in the American Civil War.

  

Another day, another long night where neither football (televised, backyard or fantasy...), bourbon, nor his grandchildren's pleas to "come play, papa" drown out the extreme sensory overload from not all that long ago in a part of the world where peace is afraid to show itself.

 

I love talking to people. And making portraits after the conversation has gone someplace interesting. But sometimes those conversations take a turn and leave me feeling saddened...or in this case, filled with despair. And I ended up apologizing to Dan for stirring up memories....of Storm-filled times in the Desert, of friends who didn't come back and of too many conversations about politics and nowhere near enough conversations about duty and honor and service.

 

But he said something profound that moved me. He said "Veteran's Day is coming up soon enough. And instead of keeping these memories bottled up, maybe they need to be shared more. So don't be sorry. Go show as many people as possible how it feels for some of us.

Besides, I'm sorry enough for everyone."

A view of the flags outside of William Paterson's Student Center.

"If you are able, save for them a place inside you"--Maj. Michael Davis O’Donnell, who went MIA in Vietnam on March 24th, 1970 and was formally declared KIA in 1978. His words were shared at New York City’s 3rd Annual Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day on March 24, 2012.

 

Photograph by Larry Burrows. He and three other combat photographers were killed February 10, 1971 when the helicopter they were in was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.

Thank you to all the servicemen and women that have fought and sacrificed for the sake of peace and freedom! We honor all of you today, at home and abroad.

 

Shown here are my father's medals from WWII.

 

No need to comment and no invitations--just thank a veteran today for their service!

I certainly don't remember the military this way!

 

If all military recruits of the female sex, look like this one, there would be no problems of the military branches filling their enlistment quotas. I believe her last name might be Slomba?

Sign me up!

 

Many members of the Military branches showed up at Times Square in New York City as many of the local restaurants in the area were offering free dinners to veterans and as well to Ex- veterans on Veterans Day.

 

Photo taken on Veterans Day in Times Square, NYC, Nov. 12, 2012

Members of the American Legion watch the 34th annual Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 12, 2012, Columbia, S.C. The American Legion is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that supports its community, state and nation by advocating for support for our veterans in Washington. (Photo by Dorothy Michelle Driscoll)

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Aprendi que vivemos em um contante passado e que cada coisa que fazemos é uma aprendizado, belo e constante. Aprendi que nada vai ser tão fácil daqui pra frente e que eu preciso ser feliz. Aprendi também que pessoas especias não encontramos em uma esquina qualquer, mas sim, já dentro de nossos corações.

 

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Oi pessoal, como estão vocês??? Espero que sim porque eu vou muito bem.

Primeiramente tenho que pedir mais e mais desculpas a todos que eu deixei sem resposta na minha ultima foto e, também, na demora em por fotos novas juro que responderei e postarei mais fotos daqui por diante. Vamos por partes: Tudo começou com provas (que ainda não terminaram) e que deixou tudo uma bagunça, ainda no meio dessa bagunça surgiu um viagem que fiz para Santarém (minha cidade natal\que amo) que me renderam fotos lindas de quase toda família reunida, praticamente todas na praia hahaha. Agora, estou de volta para velha realidade de Santa Maria de Belém do Grão Pará e com mais provas a caminho, irei ficar ausentado de tudo novamente.

Estou postando essa fotos porque a amo demais, já postei ela no meu blog e agora aqui. Aí na imagem vocês veem meu primo Felipe Quincó e sua prima Larissa Alvarenga, todos dois muito queridos!!!!

Por fim, deixo o meu agradecimento (como sempre) por todas as favoritas, comentário e visualizações. ATÉ MAISSSS!!!

Retired Sgt. Maj. Verldon Spence sits and drinks a cup of coffee after the Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 12, 2012, Columbia, S.C. Spence served 38 years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps and he retired at Fort Jackson. His son, Master Sgt. Duane Spence is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as a dental technician and is stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. (Photo by Dorothy Michelle Driscoll)

in camera ttv double exposure

A U.S Army veteran sits on the curb of Sumter Street watching old Army war tanks roll past during the Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 12, 2012, Columbia, S.C. In addition to the U.S. Army element there were over 70 different units that were apart of the parade ranging from high school bands to local Veterans of Foreign Wars groups. (Photo by Dorothy Michelle Driscoll)

Canon 5D mkII + EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM

 

28mm focal length

 

Manual Focus on mirror subject.

 

iso 100, f/8, 1/100 shutter speed.

 

2x Metz 40-MZ2 Flashes Radio triggered.

 

One positioned lower left and other placed far right.

 

Both directed to bounce of the ceiling.

 

No other lighting used.

 

A young girl stairs out the window of a U.S. Army Humvee as rides along with her father in a Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 12, 2012, Columbia, S.C. The parade which took place on Sumter Street in the middle of downtown saw hundreds of civilians, veterans, and active duty military personnel to include Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base in attendance. The event was Columbia’s 34th annual Veterans Day Parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston/Released)

EYMS Bedford OB on the hook, having suffered clutch failure

"Daylight, I think about you and wonder where you are

At night I'm wishing, looking at the stars,

But I don't worry 'bout you, I know that soon you'll be home.

But while you're gone

 

Take my love with you.

Let it be the light that sees you through."

  

Bonnie Raitt

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtwi-b9hTP4

 

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My world broke apart

when he chose the military.

Now I sit with it.

Friedman's military surplus store has been located aong Hillsboro rd. (US431) for many years. I'm not sure when the Friedman's name was taken down, but that used to be at the top of the sign. The store has all types of surplus, such as compasses, tools, boots, helmets, camos, knives, etc.

 

This photo was uploaded in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012

Duple bodied Bedford from the East Yorkshire Motor Services vintage fleet is towed away from East Park by Sparrow's Volvo FH16

alongside Howard Brothers Imperial Roundabout at the Veterans Day, East Park, Hull

A Vietnam veteran leans against a fence at the end of the Veterans Day Parade route, Nov. 12, 2012, Columbia, S.C. The parade featured military equipment such as tanks and helicopters and had a variety of marching groups from high school bands and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps formations to American Legion factions. (Photo by Dorothy Michelle Driscoll)

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