Memorial Day Reflections

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
President Harry Truman

A highlight of my recent visit to Washington DC was seeing the War Memorials on the National Mall. I took photographs one morning in early May 2009:

Vietnam War

Vietnam War Reflections

Vietnam War Reflections

The power of the Wall is in the reflections of the living superimposed upon the names of the dead heroes.

Reflections on the Vietnam War Memorial

Reflections on the Wall

Thank you.

Thank you.

Korean War

Korean War Reflections

Korean War Reflections

Korean War Soldier

Korean War Soldier

Gratitude and Remembrance

Gratitude and Remembrance

World War II

Three tour buses had pulled up at the World War II Memorial just before I arrived at the site. Elderly war veterans disembarked one by one. Many were in wheel chairs. A tall man, in his eighties, wearing a cap embroidered with the words “Top Gun,” sat down on a ledge and quietly wept.

World War II Veterans

World War II Veterans

World War II Reflecting Pool

World War II Reflecting Pool

Undying Gratitude

Undying Gratitude

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