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Old May 26, 2008, 9:16 PM   #1
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On this Memorial Day 2008 I decided to go out and brave the weather and crowds to see the Memorial Day Service at Punchbowl the National Veterans Cemetery. Here are a few shots which also hopefully exemplify the challenge.

In addition to the laying of flags on each gravesite flowers leis are also draped to give the ceremony a "Hawaii" mark of distinction.

The first shot shows the marble, cement and steel that forms a part of this National Monument.



The scond shot is more traditional and rather than show the dignataries etc, I thought the focus should be on the graves of the soldiers,






I apologize for including a third shot but this could easily not be considered a challenge entry. Off to the side were these rubber slippahs in formation beneath one of the marble slabs. Note the wording. I don't know if this was planned but it strikes a chord:



[align=center]In Flanders Fields
[align=center]In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
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[align=center]We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
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[align=center]Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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John McCrae (1872-1918) [/align]
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Old May 27, 2008, 12:13 AM   #2
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Very nice Selvin. I particularly like your third photo with Flanders Field attached. Its been a while since I thought of that poem. As a kid I had to memorize it in school. Ive never forgot it.
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Old May 27, 2008, 4:57 AM   #3
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Very nice. Apt for Memorial Day. A reminder that it is not just a long weekend.
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I agree!
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