Veterans Day 2013 : Thank you for your Service!

web veterans dayHappy Veterans Day! (to learn more about where this photo was shot, see below)

This photo was taken in Warrenton,Va., on Veterans Day, 1993, during the  dedication of the Fauquier Veterans Memorial in Warrenton. The memorial sits atop hospital hill where Fauquier Hospital is situated.

A gigantic U.S. flag flew over the memorial site and I was told that a jet squadron from the Virginia National Guard would be doing a fly over directly over the memorial site.

As the jets approached, I crouched on my knees a few feet from the flag pole base and aimed my camera straight up, hoping to get the waving flag and the jets in the same frame.

A lot of people say when they first see this shot,”Nice Photoshop job Rob,” but that was not the case. To be honest, I am not even sure if I was using Photoshop in 1993. As a journalist, I would never alter the content of a news photo. I took this photo with a Nikon film camera and a 24mm wide angle lens, trying to avoid getting too tight. The wide lens also gave me the depth I needed to get both the flag and jets in focus.

The planes flew by, click, click, click, I got my shot. The next day I was thrilled when I got the developed film back and voila: the planes are right at the tip of the flag. The original was actually shot as a horizontal and to heighten the impact I cropped it into a very tight vertical.No tricks, just a smart job on cropping, and yes, a little luck.

The Veterans Memorial in Warrenton is one of the nicest of its kind. I would rank it right up there with the National World War II memorial in Washington D.C. and The National D Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.

Here are the links to two wonderful charities that truly help U.S. veterans and their families:

Fisher House  Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe.

Fisher Houses are beautiful homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs.  These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.

Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe.   Fisher Houses are beautiful homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs.  These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.   (paragraph  above was copied from the Fisher House Web site)

Wounded Warrior Project, according to its Web site, the purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

2 Comments

  1. Last night I watched an HBO special about the suicides and depression of Veterans. Made me so sad that our heroes are forgotten again and again.

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