Sunday, October 5, 2008

Arlington National Cemetery Meetup


Our hyperactive Meetup group visited Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, our sixth photo meetup since we got started August 2nd.

I can tell you from my experience over the past two months that if you find yourself in a photo slump, try a nearby photo group - it's worked wonders for me, as I've been photographing nearly nonstop since early August. The energy from being around other enthusiastic photographers carries over between meetups.

I hadn't been to Arlington National Cemetery since 1964, when I was 14 years old. I was moved by the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, but not so much by the ceremony itself, as by the many WWII veterans attending. While most people were watching the precise ritual by members of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, I was fixed on these true American heroes. As young men, they endured countless hardships for our sake, then came back home and quietly and modestly rebuilt their lives as well as the American prosperity of the postwar period. Now at the end of their lives, we are fortunate whenever we find ourselves in their presence. 

...Known Only to God
"...Known Only to God"
SSGT Frank DiFransisco at Arlington National Cemetery
SSGT Frank DiFransisco, watches the changing of the guard.
Pearl Harbor Survivor at Arlington National Cemetery Marine Corps War Memorial - Arlinton VA
Marine Corps War Memorial
Pearl Harbor Survivor

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