Lest we forget

The wall

The Vietnam wall doesn’t hit you at first, or at least it didn’t hit me.  From a distance it’s shape is rather unassuming.  There are a bunch of lines that you can see with little squiggles running throughout.  You know what they are, but again, from a distance there is no significance.

Get closer, however, and it all changes.  Those squiggles start morphing into names, over 58,000 of them.  Fathers, husbands, brothers.  And then you start to feel sick to your stomach as the power of all those names hits you full force, smack between the eyes.  Pretty powerful stuff indeed.

Apologies for the light blogging the last few days, been rather busy at work but should be getting back to a normal schedule soon.


~ by Derrick Birdsall on May 31, 2010.

7 Responses to “Lest we forget”

  1. Nicely done. Great reminder. Thanks.

  2. I love this photograph with the ghost-like hand. It is important to honor those who have died in our service, though not all foreign wars were for the cause of freedom as publicized. While it can be debated to what extent, the United States is generally more free than many countries. However, this does not justify the policy of making ourselves more abundant through resource wars that we publicize as ideological conflicts to gain support of the public. We ought to be particularly saddened by any deaths necessary for us to commandeer resources and have more than other citizens of the world.

  3. Thank you David – those folks who are, as we speak, defending our country give us the ability to agree and disagree on everything we do.

    I was honored to be able to capture that image, and pleased that you like it.

  4. PJ – thank you, played around with exposure and how long to leave the hand in the image to get what I wanted, as usual, it was a learning experience.

  5. THE Best Memorial Day photograph I’ve seen. Excellent!

  6. Great Job on this shot !!! My uncle is on that wall. Just beautiful!!

  7. Thanks, ladies – your comments mean a lot and are appreciated.

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