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” Timeless Voices “

Memorial Day“, not just in the U.S. but around the world, is a day of remembrance. When I was little, I remembered my father being in the Navy and I ran up and down the rows of sailors, after his long tour, looking for him. Thinking back on my childhood and being raised between an Army base and Air Force base, I realized the impact that it had on me. Working in the summers and after school, watching everything stop… cars, people and sports events, because at 5:00 pm, a cannon and then a bugle would play as the flag was lowered. You learn to stop, you remember not just someone, but a name, then a face, and always the family that it impacted upon. It’s important to remember their voices no matter how painful it might be because… only we can hear them now.

The quotes below were taken from “Dear America” by Bernard Edelman and “Letters From Vietnam” by Bill Adler.

“We are your sons America, and you cannot change that.

When you awake we will still be here.”

                                                                                                                                                                                               Cpl. W.D. Ehrhart, Marine Corps.

“Some of the guys had tears in their eyes and you just want

to hold their hand or something, so you just smile.”

Barbara J. Lilly, American Red Cross

“We’re not supermen… and we’re not about to walk into bars,

where the music automatically stops at our entrance…”

Sp/4 George Olsen, Army Ranger

“But it was the last two choppers crammed with bodies that

I hope I can forget someday.”

Capt. Bobbie MacLean Fry, Army Nurse

“Save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance

when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.”

Maj. Michael Davis O’Donnell, Helicopter Pilot

“Don’t mourn me, mother, for I’m happy I died fighting my

country’s enemies, and I will live forever in people’s minds.”

Pvt.1st.Class Hiram D. Strickland, Army

“Be a good boy and I want you to know that I’m the proudest and luckiest father

in the world to have such a fine son as you. I am glad you chose

me to be your father.”

CS1. James C. Kline, Navy

“I turned my head and looked away, I fought the words I could

not say. HE’S DEAD. He’s dead and gone, but I am

here and must go on.”

1Lt. Timothy Schlink, Army

“It seems at times that we are gilded leaves feeling the first

chill winds of winter that will blow us away.”

Sp/4 Rob Riggan, Army

“The rock-solid values expressed by American citizen-soldiers, epitomizes

the motivation that has been a guide from the time of

George Washington through today’s conflicts.”

Al Santoli, Author


28 responses

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  2. I really appreciate the write-up which enhanced the beauty of the photographs so much…
    t makes people from all parts of the world to be one with the sorrow and grief… A great tribute to the warriors…. And these are indeed the people who are immortal… They always live in our hearts…. and their stories will be shared among the generations to come!


    July 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

    • Thanks so much Mary for checking in…. as you can imagine this was a very heartfelt post. So glad it touched you also.


      July 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      • Cheersss 🙂 🙂 🙂


        July 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

  3. I wish to thank your parents and your wife who served our country. Devoting their lives everyday to make sure all of us can enjoy liberty and freedom from fear. Thank you for sharing your story in your last comment. I appreciate that a lot. In a way, I don’t feel alone in my journey everyday. Journey that all leads to “home.” This quote just betahes inspiration, ” I can go to the most beautiful place but the day before my journey ends I call my kids and mother and she says the same thing each and every time… “It will be good to be home again” and to this day she is right.” Wishing you and your family all the best. Happy Independence Day!


    July 4, 2012 at 5:27 am

    • I meant breathe and not betahes…whew!


      July 4, 2012 at 5:27 am

      • No worries…. my spelling and typing get away from me many times. 🙂


        July 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

  4. Oh, wow. The statues are so life-like and your words just made everything so alive. You poured out a heart that moves anyone that reads it. Today, you not only remembered but more imporatantly, you honored and celebrated the men and women who sacrificed their lives so we can all be free and feel safe. These I remember, “You learn to stop, you remember not just someone, but a name, then a face, and always the family that it impacted upon. It’s important to remember their voices no matter how painful it might be because… only we can hear them now.” Thanks for sharing a very inspiring post.


    June 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  5. Pat

    A beautiful, moving tribute.


    June 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

  6. Mike, These photos are beyond words other than gorgeous, awesome, fantastic. So touching and appropriate for Memorial Day.


    June 9, 2012 at 9:59 am

    • Thanks Mary J… really appreciate the comment. Good luck with your new book.


      June 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

  7. Absolutely beautiful!!


    May 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  8. I’ll make my comment simple: I love this post


    May 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    • Really appreciate the follow… hope the learning curve on your software is small.


      May 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      • Thanks, learning software is definitely a roller coaster ride


        May 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  9. denisebushphoto

    Thoughtful (and timely) essay Mike. Fantastic images and quotes! Thanks for sharing.


    May 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    • Thanks ‘D’…as I had done the research ahead of time, I felt it was just the right time to share. It is a project close to my heart and home.


      May 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  10. Skip Vandegrift

    Your photographs and blogs are so inspiring, and you so inspire me. Skip V.


    May 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    • Thanks Skip, coming from a fantastic photg yourself.


      May 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm

  11. It also just occurred to me that with the statuary in bronze there is no black or white or yellow distinction among them. I think that’s a good thing.


    May 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    • Wow… you are so right on all levels….thanks Ralph.


      May 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm

  12. Your post moved me, Mike.

    It seems inappropriate to comment on beyond the moving tone of your post but, artistically, I think you greatly enhanced the impact of the statuary with your selective imaging.


    May 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  13. What a lovely tribute to our soldiers and beautifully epitomized.


    May 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

    • Thanks Jo.. I wanted to get it out a lil early so people could digest it better.


      May 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  14. Barbara

    Love it because it helps us remember the sacrificies others made to keep this country free. They are not just names on a wall but someone loved them and someone mourned them.


    May 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    • So right Barb… especially were we grew up.


      May 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm

  15. Beth Jackson

    Tearfully beautiful. An appropriate start to this rainy Monday morning. Thank you Mike.


    May 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

    • Thanks Beth… could not have said it better.


      May 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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