The Way I See It

A Veterans Day Tribute

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This is my Veterans Day tribute to the brave men and women who have served, and to those who continue to give so much so that we may enjoy the freedoms and way of life that we take for granted. This post is especially for Lani, whose grandchildren stand watch so that we don’t have to. Thank you!

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, 2012

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, 2012

What making images at the Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, my eyes were drawn to this tribute atop a grave marker in the veterans section. Lewis Albanese was born in Venice (Italy) and was KIA in Vietnam while serving his adopted country. For his sacrifice in combat, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The black marble plaque behind his grave marker reads, “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty”. Here is the rest of the citation.

1/60 second at f/4.4, ISO 100. Infrared-converted Panasonic ZS6.


Minneapolis - St. Paul International, 2012

Minneapolis – St. Paul International, 2012

I made this image at Minneapolis – St. Paul International. While waiting for my flight, a group of veterans disembarked at the gate at which I was waiting. I snapped this as a young man – probably 22 at most – walked by. He seemed fine and fit as a fiddle until one looked down, for in place of one calf was a bare metal prosthetic.

1/15 second at f/2.2, ISO 400. Canon S100.




Written by xinapray

November 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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  1. So special Ray …I have 2 grandsons serving and a granddaughter going in next summer … My one grandson is serving with the 7th fleet in Japan …. He has been to Japan , Bali , Hong Kong , Philippines , Malaysia and everywhere in between ! He hasn’t been home for almost 2 years , so it will be so exciting to see him again !


    November 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • My pleasure Lani. Too years is a very long time. I guess its going to be a very special Christmas!


      November 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

  2. Incredible images, Ray. Together they hold all kinds of meaning. Beautiful.


    November 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

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