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photoblog image Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day 2019

In the United States, we reserve the last Monday of May to honor those who have died while serving in our Armed Services.  Our November 11th Celebration is in recognition of ALL U.S. Military Veterans.

 

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

~ Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

Below:  Viet Nam Memorial at Angel Fire, New Mexico

On Memorial Day 2003, Taos artist Doug Scott dedicated his interpretation of a soldier’s dilemma of writing home from war. This life-size statue depicts an American infantryman in the field. A small ammo box is the best chair he can find, and his helmet is the best backing available for writing a letter to his parents. What can he say about what he’s doing that they will understand?

 

https://www.vietnamveteransmemorial.org/

 

photoblog image 3Santa Fe 2014 84.jpg

Memorial Day 2019

In the United States, we reserve the last Monday of May to honor those who have died while serving in our Armed Services.  Our November 11th Celebration is in recognition of ALL U.S. Military Veterans.

 

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

~ Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

Below:  Viet Nam Memorial at Angel Fire, New Mexico

On Memorial Day 2003, Taos artist Doug Scott dedicated his interpretation of a soldier’s dilemma of writing home from war. This life-size statue depicts an American infantryman in the field. A small ammo box is the best chair he can find, and his helmet is the best backing available for writing a letter to his parents. What can he say about what he’s doing that they will understand?

 

https://www.vietnamveteransmemorial.org/

 

photoblog image 3Santa Fe 2014 84.jpg

comments (20)

J'aime beaucoup la deuxième photo avec les fleurs et la statue du soldat.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Martine! I really like that statue, and how it’s placed in the garden.
Even with scoundrels who wrap themselves in it, our flag is so beautiful. Love the human scale of the stature. Let's keep remembering our vets and fighting for better treatment of them.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: So true...
It’s a wonderful statue, and I love how it’s placed in the garden!
Yes.... please.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 May 2019, 05:46
That is a thoughtful memorial Elizabeth, war brought down to human dilemmas indeed..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It’s a really beautiful place.... and I love that the soldiers who are buried there are in such a beautiful spot, overlooking the Angel Fire Valley.
The day of remembering! On the Dutch Memorial Day (May 4), there are 2 minutes of silence at 8 p.m. when the entire country stops and "remembers." It helps that there is only one time zone, of course, but it brings tears to my eyes every year, Elizabeth, and I wish my own country could experience it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh that must be so amazing to witness. Thank you, Ginnie!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 May 2019, 06:39
I like the building.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I do too. Classic Santa Fe styling.
Bel hommage ..merci pour les renseignements
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks for reading, Claudine!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 May 2019, 07:26
What a wonderful tribute to all soldiers, Elizabeth. People at home don't understand what they go through in war. Only when you have been there you understand and relate sad.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - I just can't imagine. Can't even begin to.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 May 2019, 09:16
Yes, what do you write home? That was always the dilemma and then the possibility of military censure exists. You easily ended up writing a lot of platitudes. I have noticed that nowadays the military (not only those of the US) tend to phone home.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Exactly. I just can't even begin to fathom.
Yes - sadly letters have gone by the way... FaceTime, Skype, Emails, Phone Calls... Certainly more honest. And brutal.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 May 2019, 09:42
A beautiful nd moving place ...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - thank you, Philine!
I wasn't aware of this day, very much the right thing for your nation to do.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: As long as people remember the reason - and not just an excuse for a barbecue!
The statue is very moving.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is.
A moving tribute, Elizabeth; beautifully presented.
As an aside, this year marks the 50th. anniversary of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" lie-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel here in Montreal. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we humans would embrace peace and put an end to all wars.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Beverly.
What a beautiful thought, Beverly. If only.
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 27 May 2019, 15:05
Such refreshing views with beautiful colors! A great post to honor this day!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: A beautiful place for a final resting place.
Thank you Steven!
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 May 2019, 16:37
your image captures the spirit of the day beautifully
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Paul!
Two appropriate shots Elizabeth, I do like the comp' of the second one. It was quite a place, an unexpected find.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Frank - it was, indeed!
May we never forget the sacrifices made for our freedoms. Both a beautiful poignant reminders.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Never forget. Thank you, Ruthie!
these are two wonderful images to honour the fallen soldiers who gave their life for the country that thy love Elizabeth... your second photo of the infantryman is one of your best pictures framed with the flowers ....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Peter. Much appreciated!
I love the vibrancy of this image, Elizabeth! smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks very much, Martin!
It seems that man is incapable of living without war!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Sad. But, true!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 30 May 2019, 22:51
very moving image
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Sherri.... and I appreciate you looking back on these posts!

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