Saluting The Veterans

The Homecoming

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” ~ President Woodrow Wilson, November 11, 1919

Today, November 11, marks the observance of Veterans Day in the United States, and Armistice Day across Europe.

I shot the above photo a couple of years ago. I was coming back from a business trip and had landed in Philadelphia International Airport. As I was walking throught the terminal, I saw a lot of families waiting by one area, and also other military personnel. I thought something may be going on, so I pulled my camera out and waited.

The Homecoming…pretty self-explanatory. I can olnly imagine the feelings that those two people had at that exact time.

I never served in the military. Considered it briefly, but it just never seeme do be in me. Sometimes, though, I wish I had taken that leap and put myself in that positon.

Still, I can appreciate all the time and hard work those men and women put in for the service of their country. They are the best. The elite.

My father (left) served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict. My grandfather (mother’s father – right) was a member of the 2nd Infantry “Indianhead” Division during World War I. My father-in-law did a couple of tours in Vietnam.

Again, I can only imagine what it would be like to be serving your country, far from home, wondering if you’re going to make it back or not.

Or serving on our lands….stacking sandbag, clearing out 9/11 debris, protecting people.

For all these people do, here and afar, let’s salute them today.

Because freedom is never free.


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