“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” Thomas Campbell
My husband and I both proudly serve in the United States Army Reserves. My husband joined the Army before the tragic events of September 11, as an infantry soldier he was in Iraq January 2003 to January 2004 for the initial invasion and then he spent the remaining 10 months in Mosul January 2005 to January 2006. He helped run convoys across the country based out of AFB Tahlil down south. I joined after the events of September 11.
As I shared in my last blog, I was able to photograph for the unit we served in every month and during a trip to Haiti with the United Nations and The Louisiana National Guard. (Just about every photo I took in Haiti is on our Facebook Photography page along with a video on YouTube.)
The sacrifices many soldiers make is often selfless or for the safety of the soldier standing next to them. Soldiers voluntarily join and voluntarily fight for what is perceived to be the right decision for the greater good. Politics is usually not on their minds, though most follow and share their opinions at appropriate times. The sacrifices of friends and family members of soldiers seem to be often over looked, their devotion and support are integral. I believe soldiers fight for people and memories of their home and for the future lives of their children.
Memorial Day is traditionally a time of remembering and honoring the fallen, it is about each sacrifice. Each soldier is unique and our gratitude in their ultimate sacrifice will never be filled. As photographers we try to capture beautiful moments in life. The photos here were taken by my groom during a trip to a destination wedding in Arizona. I edited each of these trying to capture the beauty of what I believe most soldiers see when they look at each flag.
Once the beauty in life is captured it is up to each of us to stop, appreciate it, learn from it and share what we have learned from it. I believe we are here to improve the lives of others around us, l sincerely thank each soldier and their families for their sacrifices which have enhanced ours.