That is a very powerful picture. Gave me the chills.
Very poignant. Too bad so many people think of this day as just another great opportunity to get boozed up, sunburned, and then kill themselves or others on the lakes and highways. How cheap and disgusting we often make things.Barry, it's still doing that "gotta click twice to publish your comment" thing.
Love this picture! My dad fought in WW II, and I have proudly flown my flag all weekend in his memory!
Tho I agree this pic is poignant, my initial thought was that someone should let that poor young woman know that what is buried is nothing but a shell. Her loved one is still with her in spirit. The grave visiting tradition is meaningless.
shes kinda hawt........from the bckside
this story was great thanks for posting it.
12:48, I have to disagree with you, partially. While the spirit of a man/woman passes to the Great Beyond, one is still drawn to the resting ground. It is there where the earthly body that one remembers so very well is. The hands that held, the eyes that gazed, the heart that loved is there. It is the frame (shell) of the loved one that humans recognize and that frame is also something to pay respect too. I visit my father's grave, and I certainly do not feel it is meaningless. While I know he is in Heaven, I still feel a closeness to him by going to the place where his human body, that I loved so, rests in peace.
12:48, meaningless to you maybe. But to many, it is very important. Who are you to judge if it is meaningless to Mary McHugh, the woman in that photograph?
God bless the souls of those who have given all for their country! God bless the families who suffer loss of loved ones due to times of war. Understand their ultimate sacrafice was for the continual freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Realize they were protecting our Constitution which does not give our government power, but does limit what the government can do to its citizenry. If you are an illegal in this country, you too are enjoying the fruits of these soldiers sacrifices. If you have any grit about you, you will become a legal citizen of the USA, leave your country behind and begin a life as an American who supports THIS country.
3:20 PM Amen !! To each his own.
This is photoshopped cuz it's all over the place.
I'm glad you posted this although I really didn't think you had it in you. I mean, I thought you didn't care about America or law and order or any of those things, much like your Islamic president Obama. I thought you were one of those hippie peaceniks that believes that peace will just happen without any sacrifice to stop our enemies.
I hope everyone really took a minute to to stop and remember all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
8:15, photoshopped means someone has "edited" the photo and changed things that were not actually there. Just because this photo is "all over the place" doesn't mean it is photoshopped. Lots of photos get passed via email, facebook, etc. No...this photo is the real deal.
10:26, the photo is also on this youtube posting. If the picture gives you chills then this one will give you tears. If you don't want to cry then don't listen to it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y2SIIeqy34
Way to go, 10:41! And 8:15, who really cares if it is Photoshopped? Still very meaningful--regardless. Thank you seems to trivial to all the service men/women. Very sad that we only recognize the sacrifice one day a year.
SGT Regan was a Ranger with C co 3 BN 75th Ranger Regiment. His loss occured as a result of an IED blast in Balad Iraq. He already had 2 tours of Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan behind him.
3:20 well said.
3:20 Guess that demonstrates the difference in folks. I never visit my parents' graves as to me, it's pointless. My body will be donated to science so my kids won't have to spend thousands to bury a useless shell I no longer need. I can commune with my parents in spirit. I don't have to go visit their gravesites, and I haven't been there in the 20 plus years since their deaths. Not necessary.
Useless shells aren't what they used to be these days.
The living need to get busy with living and leave the dead to the dead.
Yes, 2:34, all people are different and will pay respects to their dead in their own ways. I certainly respect your opinion and feelings. I, too, feel a communication of sorts with my father's spirit; however, there are many who will say once they are gone, they are gone, never to return even in spirit. We all have our own ways. Good that we can respect one another in that.
DAGO; To the person who made the tacky remark.You opinion of death is your own;but I think of and old joke when I read something like this.A man died at a formal party and a doctor that was there could't save him he asked the crowd;does anyone know his religeon?A friend replied ,he's an athiest.The doctor said'That's a shame,all dressed up and nowhere to go.
For your information, 10:40 I am a Christian. What I quoted was basically a Christian principle. Jesus actually says "leave the dead to bury their own". I interpret that to mean that once a body is dead, it's done, finished, over. We, the living, are to move ONWARD and not keep looking back at the dead.
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