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The Ultimate Sacrifice

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 25 May 2015 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

Photo captured August 15, 2012 at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A powerful image and such an impact in B&W.

25 May 2015 11:35am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame & perspective!
great tribute!

25 May 2015 2:51pm

Malaura from France

Très beau noir et blanc. Amicalement

25 May 2015 3:00pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Toutes ces tombes quelle vue ce blanc sueprbe vue.
Belle soirée

25 May 2015 3:11pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A poignant point of view for a powerful tribute

25 May 2015 3:32pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Very nice piece here, Steven. And, as always, your detail in words is as carefully pointed out as is your detail in your images - always top. Thank you for this piece.....I am still taken back by some folks who say "Happy Memorial Day!" as if it is a time for partying......Another thing I saw yesterday was a recognizable celebrity referred-to this day as "Veteran's Day>" I just don't get it. So Thank you for this Steven!

25 May 2015 3:42pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A breathtaking view that overwhelms the soul!

25 May 2015 4:02pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Impressive visual with these lined-up tombs. Great perspective.

25 May 2015 6:29pm

Anne from France

Great pic!

25 May 2015 6:58pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle perspective...... impressionnant !...)

25 May 2015 7:08pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb composition Steve, I'm always shocked whenever I see how many gave their lives for us

25 May 2015 8:31pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of this cemetery and a strong reminder of the price of our freedom. Most importantly, a reminder that our leaders should not enter into wars without carefully considering the costs of such ventures.

25 May 2015 9:36pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A beautiful image and wonderful tribute for Memorial Day.

26 May 2015 2:08am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wonderful perspective and depth of field in this somber shot.

26 May 2015 2:27am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bon cadrage

26 May 2015 6:41am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

AMAZING! Love the trees in this shot!

27 May 2015 7:13pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Such a strong and sad pattern... Great composition.

30 May 2015 9:24pm