Happy Memorial Day!

 

Arlington National Cemetery.  Photograph courtesy of Melissa Bohan and the Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery. Photograph courtesy of Melissa Bohan and the Arlington National Cemetery.

This has been a three day weekend filled with cookouts, great beer, and time with friends.   The weather has been tolerable, but we’re on the cusp of summer, and it is very evident here in the Blue Ridge.  I finished a trilogy, and have done hardly anything constructive. But, this is ok, because this three day weekend is more than just food and beer.  It’s a time to be grateful, although, I often have a hard time distinguishing between Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day, mainly because in my head they all sort of symbolize the same thing. But I digress.

First of all, I want to thank those individuals who have stepped up to serve their country.  Second, I want to remember those who have lost their lives while in service.  It is a noble thing to fight for the freedom of others, not knowing the outcome, and knowing you could be sacrificing your life for others.

On a more formal art note, there are three projects the highlight soldiers through portraits: American Suzanne Opton’s ‘Soldier Billboard Project,’  British Lalage Snow’s ‘We Are The Not Dead,’ and the Netherland’s ‘Marked‘ by Claire Felicie.  Each of these are notable bodies of work, and tell stories through one or a series of images of the hardships endured for one’s country.

So, thank you to those individuals who currently serve, who have served in the past, or have lost their lives defending their country.

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